Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

List of World No Tobacco Day awardees - 2007

EMRO awardees

1. Dr Seyed Moayed Alavian, Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME), Iran

Active participation and work towards ratification of the WHO FCTC and implementation of several tobacco control measures.

2. Dr Malek Ayed Habashneh, Director of Promotion & Protection Health, Jordan

Dr. Malek Ayed Habashneh is the Director of Promotion & Protection Health Directorate and the Focal Point of Tobacco Control Project WHO Jordan in the Ministry of Health. He is also member of Anti-Tobacco Association (NGO) Dr Malek Ayed Habashneh has been leading the works towards the implementation of the general oblibations contained in the articles of the WHO FCTC . Other measures refer to packaging and labelling of tobacco products, tobacco advertising, promotion & sponsorship bans and protection from exposure to tobacco smoke ( all public places are, by law, free of tobacco). Jordan is the second country in EMRO Region and the 29th in the world adopt the WHO FCTC and take effective legislative, administrative, action & promote their existing laws also conduct national & regional researches in the field of Tobacco Control with technical support of WHO.

3. Dr Kifah Al Kassar, Lebanese Association of Pulmonology, Lebanon

Dr Kifah is the president of a campaign for youth to raise awareness about tobacco, and participates regularly in TV and radio programmes to raise awareness. He organizes a festival every year to help people stop smoking, and raise money towards funding programmes for cancer patients.

4. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), under Mr Ahmed Saeed. Pakistan

PIA declared all its domestic and international flights free of tobacco and has taken affirmative action in promoting a tobacco free public place in Pakistan. Although the national ordinance on tobacco control has strongly approved the tobacco free concept in public places, the best implementation of this intervention was PIA where every violation was confronted with stringent measures. The executive who led this initiative was Mr Ahmed Saeed, the then chairman of PIA.