Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

List of World No Tobacco Day awardees - 2007

WPRO awardees

1. Royal Cambodia Armed Force Head Office of Health. Cambodia

The Direction of Health is the secretariat of the Royal Cambodia Armed-Forces (RCAF) responsible for military health .Direction of Health has joint hands with NGOs and the National Center for Health Promotion (NCHP), Ministry of Health (MoH) providing cessation programs and awareness on health affects of smoking to its soldiers and officers.

Recognizing the smoking prevalence among soldiers was the highest compared to other groups, the Direction of Health believes that military has badly effected by smoking. In 2001, it contacted a non-governmental organization (NGO) to provide awareness about the negative effects of smoking to its soldiers for them to think about quitting. Since then the Direction of Health has joint hands with NGOs and the National Center for Health Promotion (NCHP), Ministry of Health (MoH) providing cessation programs and awareness on health affects of smoking to its soldiers and officers. In 2003 it worked closely with NGOs in drafting a circulation banning indoor smoking within military workplaces and campuses. Two years later the circulation was approved by the RCAF. In World No Tobacco Day 2005, as a health professional agency, it led a parade of 300 health professionals and medical students with banners carried expressing their strong support for smoke-free environment and their roles in tobacco control to public and policy makers. On that day, the Central Military Hospital, named Preah Ket Mealea Hospital, declared totally smoke-free including the campus. Currently more than 50% of military workplaces and campuses have at least implied the RCAF circulation banning indoor smoking . Almost all military hospitals (5 among 6) and other 9 military campuses have declared totally smoke-free campuses beyond the RCAF circulation, means smoking is not even allowed outdoor within campuses. Moreover, according to the Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Smoking among military in 2005 found that smoking prevalence is remarkably lower in the intervention areas of Kompong Cham and Siem Reap province compared to the control areas of Kompong Thom and Banteay Meanchey province (21% and 30% versus 41% and 48% respectively).

2. Dr. Wang Ke-an and Dr. Wang Chen. Director and Founder (Dr. Wang Ke-an), Director (Dr. Wang Chen). Think Tank Research Center for Health Development (Dr. Wang Ke-an), WHO. China

Creating smoke-free environments in China is a complex and challenging process. Through the leadership and technical expertise of Drs. Wang Ke-an and Wang Chen, the process is being accelerated.

Dr. Wang Ke-an is the former President of the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine (CAPM), the precursor of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the founder of Think Tank Research Center for Health Development. in 1996, as the new Director of CAPM, he mandated the CAPM building to become 100% smoke-free, creating the first smoke-free building in Beijing. As an active member of Think Tank, he researched and put together the evidence supporting the recent official recommendations for tobacco control interventions emerging from the Communist Party People’s Consultative Conference (CPPCC)---the advisory body to China’s highest legislative body. These included a recommendation for a national ban on smoking in all public places, a national ban on tobacco advertising and an increase in tobacco taxes with the revenues earmarked for education and health. Through Dr. Wang Ke-an’s vision and behind-the-scenes advocacy and technical advice, these critical policy initiatives for effectively reducing tobacco use have been officially introduced at China’s most senior legislative advisory institution. While achieving national legislation in these areas has yet to be accomplished, through Dr. Wang Ke-an’s work, the mandatory official first step has been taken, opening the door for smoke-free environments in China.

For these reasons, the Ministry of Health nominates both Dr. Wang Ke-an and Dr. Wang Chen for a joint tobacco control award for World No Tobacco day 2007.

3. Dr Setsu Seo (No Smoke Hyogo Honorable Chair) and Dr Jun Sono (Vice-Chairman of NOSH -NO Smoke Hyogo). Director of Nishinomiya City Health Authority

Both personalities have a long history of achievements in tobacco control, most notably contributing to policies in the area of smoke-free environments.

Dr Setsu Seo began his fight against tobacco in 1977, when he became chairperson of the local doctors' association in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Dr Jun Sono began his fight against tobacco in 1995, when a big earthquake hit the Hanshin area of Hyogo. He was a cardiac surgeon in Kobe General Hospital and made that hospital smoke-free in 2000 and its ground smoke-free in 2005, both rare achievements at that time in Japan. In 2005, he became the director of Nishinomiya City Public Health Authority, which covers 470 000 residents in the City. Both of these two physicians established a non-governmental voluntary group called "NO Smoke Hyogo (NOSH)" in 2001 to promote smoke-free environments to cover not only 5.5 million local Hyogo residents, but also all of the approximately 128 million people living in Japan - "health for all." After the enactment of the Health Promotion Law (HPL) of Japan in May 2003, which stipulates prevention of second-hand smoking, NOSH began the yellow card movement. This yellow card conveys Article 25 of HPL, which stipulates the prevention of second-hand smoking and warns against violation of the law, like the referee of football game. Free of copyright, so far 130 000 copies of the HPL yellow card have been distributed locally and nationally. Afterwards, many organizations and local governments in Japan introduced this yellow card movement for the better publicity and understanding of HPL. After the ratification of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) by the Japanese government in 2004 and its entry into force as international law in 2005, NOSH initiated a pink card (like the yellow card) movement to appeal for compliance with the FCTC by informing the Japanese general public about the content of the Framework and urging the Japanese government to implement the FCTC faithfully. So far, 30 000 FCTC pink cards outlining the Framework have been distributed all over Japan. Since 2002, NOSH has celebrated World No Tobacco Day in Hyogo every year with a medical forum and an anti-smoking Appeal Procession on the street with health professionals wearing their own white coats and bearing placards and flags while chanting tobacco control slogans. Yellow cards are distributed to the general public during the event. This annual event is well reported by the media. These activities have been presented at several international "Tobacco or Health" conferences since 2003. With the great efforts of both Drs Seo and Sono as leading members, NOSH strongly advocated for local governments such as Hyogo Prefecture, Amagasaki City and Nishinomiya City, to make public places smoke-free. Smoking was subsequently banned in the public buildings of these local governments. With regard, NOSH also proposed tobacco-free environments to schools and hospitals, a stronger restriction than "smoke-free". Both Drs Seo and Sono campaign collaboratively as well as individually for smoke- and tobacco-free environments. Joined by other NOSH members, they give around 100 presentations, lectures and welcome remarks at tobacco control events in schools and hospitals every year.

4. Palau Tobacco Control Program. Palau

This program has greatly contributed to the Palau Smoke Free Policies and Tobacco Legislation. Government offices and many of the restaurants in Palau are now Smoke Free through the strong advocacy from this Program.

It is a community-based public health program. The strength of this program is in coordination and collaboration to strengthen the ties with the other community-based programs of the Ministry of Health. This program is under the Division of Behavioral Health within the Bureau of Public Health in Palau. It represents a viable model of community mobilizatioin that can be learned by other PICTs.

It has organized many media campaigns to fight tobacco use in Palau.

5. Mr Jejomar Binay, Mayor of Makati City, Philippines

Successfully enforced smoking ban in Makati City exceeding the requirements of the national Tobacco Regulations, and despite strong opposition from the hotel, restaurant and tourism associations.

6. The Honorable Felix P. Camacho and Michael W. Cruz, M.D., Governor and Lt. Governor, Government of Guam

In December 2005, Gov. Felix P. Camacho signed Guam’s Natasha Protection Act into law, signifying the beginning of truly smoke-free enclosed public places. Provisions for cessation support for all GovGuam smokers who wish to quit are included, at no cost to staff. The official launch of the master policy is anticipated to occur on 31 May 2007, World No Tobacco Day.

Leadership by example can be an effective public health intervention. Championship of public health issues by leaders who are also positive role models further strengthens the impact.

Starting with the Governor’s Complex, and working through all the other GovGuam agencies over the next year, policies will be implemented that prohibit all forms of tobacco use, not just inside all enclosed offices, but also on the grounds and inside vehicles owned by GovGuam. Provisions for cessation support for all GovGuam smokers who wish to quit are included, at no cost to staff. The official launch of the master policy is anticipated to occur on 31 May 2007, World No Tobacco Day.

Both the Governor and Lt. Governor are staunch personal advocates for being tobacco-free, and they are taking their commitment one step further by institutionalising smoke free environments through official government policy. Although Guam, as a US Territory, is not party to the WHO FCTC, while awaiting ratification by the US Government, Guam, through its leaders is already positioning itself so that its health policies are in line with the Convention’s provisions.

Through leadership by example, Guam is working towards a healthier, tobacco-free future. For these reasons, the Guam Department of Mental Health and Substances Abuse and the Department of Public Health and Social Services jointly nominate Governor Felix P. Camacho and Lt. Governor Michael W. Cruz, M.D. for the WHO World No Tobacco Day Award for the Western Pacific Region for 2007.