Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

List of World No Tobacco Day awardees - 2005

EMRO nominations

1. Dr Ahmed Hamed Atteya, Central Association Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease- Egypt

Dr Atteya has been actively involved and working in tobacco control since 1984; he is a Member of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Paris as well as the Secretary-General of the National Anti-Smoking Committee. Through his NGO–that he has successfully managed to branch out into 23 governorates across Egypt–he has organized and participated in numerous activities (including, conferences, workshops, TV and radio shows, etc.) at the national level aimed at raising awareness among the general public and the decision makers about tobacco and its harmful effects as well as the importance of implementing existing tobacco control laws. Dr Atteya has also exerted tremendous effort in advocating for the signature and ratification of the WHO FCTC by the government of Egypt, which did indeed take place during late February 2005.

2. Mr Khalid Sibaithi, Anti-Smoking Committee- Saudi Arabia

Mr Sibaithi has contributed tremendously to the Tobacco Free Medina Initiative. Over the past couple of years, he has worked actively in ensuring that the tobacco free policy is fully implemented and that the general public, particularly youth are constantly informed and made aware of the harmful effects of tobacco use. Continuous ‘above and below the line’ awareness campaigns are being carried out by the Anti-Smoking Committee in support of the Medina initiative as well as tobacco control in general.

3. Professor Dr Sherif Omar, Egyptian Cancer Society and Professor of Surgery at Cairo University- Egypt

Dr Sherif Omar has been actively involved in tobacco control for more than 45 years. Mr Omar was the previous Dean of the Cairo Cancer Institute and was also an extremely active Member of Parliament for eight years during which he proposed and pushed for a decree against tobacco (the law was later adopted in June 2002). He has a particular interest in lung and breast cancer, and has released four publications, two on each topic; he is also a WHO consultant for cancer in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Dr Omar has published more than 60 papers about tobacco and its related issues. Moreover, he is the Chief of Faous Cancer Center, which is a community based initiative offering a comprehensive and integrated approach for the community for the prevention of and care against cancer.

4. Professor Dr Ibrahim El-Gharbi, National League Against Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases and Anti-Tobacco Commission- Tunisia

Dr El-Gharbi is a pioneering Tunisian physician who assumed diverse leadership positions and is recognized for his integrity and high moral standing. He has received numerous decorations and awards of excellence in the medical and social arenas. Over the years, Dr El-Gharbi has been instrumental in establishing and supporting tobacco control activities in Tunis. In 1956, he founded the National League Against Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases. He was also the President of the Anti-Tobacco Commission and has organized many health education campaigns to publicize the dangers of smoking and tobacco use. Since 1970, Dr El-Gharbi has also organized various school-based anti-tobacco campaigns as well as engaged in numerous public appearances and live debates (TV and radio) for the cause. Additionally, he organized the First Anti-Tobacco Consultation within the Tunisian Red Crescent. In 1983, Dr El-Gharbi presented to the Tunisian parliament an anti-tobacco law which was voted on only long after multiple interventions with the public authorities. He has also published a number of articles and theses on Tobacco and cancer and Tobacco and chronic bronchitis, as well as a book in 1984 on Tobacco and the Respiratory System for which he was awarded the Bourguiba Prize of Medicine.

5. Professor Dr Mohamed Bartal, Respiratory Diseases Department at the Medical School of Casablanca - Morocco

Dr Bartal played an active role in the promotion of the harmful diseases caused by tobacco and the importance of controlling its use. He has founded a number of societies/associations that focus on the diseases associated with tobacco use, particularly asthma and respiratory diseases. Dr Bartal has also participated in numerous activities associated with the prevention of tobacco use, the management of asthma and respiratory infections as well as the promotion of health in general. He is currently very actively involved in organizing the African Conference on Tobacco and Health (ACTH), scheduled to take place in Casablanca (Morocco) from 7–10 October 2006.