Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

List of World No Tobacco Day awardees - 2007


EURO awardees

1. Mr Maksim Cikuli, former Minister of Health of Albania and Dr Roland Shuperka, National Counterpart for Tobacco Control at the Institute of Public Health, Albania

Mr Cikuli's and Dr Shuperka's collaborative work ensured the ratification of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control by Albania in 2006,as well as the passing of the national law ‘For the protection of health from tobacco products’ the same year.

2. Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) (The German National Cancer Institute), Germany

It has done much to focus public attention on the dangers of second-hand smoke, most notably with a paper in 2005, ‘Second hand smoke and underestimated risk for health’. The paper provided scientific evidence that 3,300 people in Germany die each year from passive smoking.

The Institute has been nominated by the Head of the Drugs and Substance misuse unit at the Ministry of Health in Germany. It has done much to focus public attention on the dangers of second-hand smoke, most notably with a paper in 2005, ‘Second hand smoke and underestimated risk for health’. The paper provided scientific evidence that 3,300 people in Germany die each year from passive smoking. As a result, Germany is passing a law on smoke-free environments covering both the national and regional levels. The documentation produced by DKFZ is widely respected and provides excellent information to those who work in the area of tobacco control policy in Germany.

3. Dr Asamidin Maripov, Chairman of the Health and Social Policy Committee of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) of the Kyrgyz Republic, Kyrgyzstan

Dr Asamidin Maripov is a Member of Parliament in Kyrgyzstan, following a distinguished career as chief physician at Nookat Regional Hospital. He has been nominated by the National Coordinator for the implementation of the European Strategy for Tobacco Control at the Ministry of Health. His nomination is supported by M. Karatayev, Deputy Minister of Health. Dr Maripov played an active role in the ratification of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control by the Kyrgyz Parliament in March 2006. He is also one of the main initiators of the national law adopted in 2006 ‘On protecting the heath of citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic from the harmful impact of tobacco’. He is a member of the Board of the National Coalition ‘Smoke free Kyrgyzstan’, and has taken part in numerous public discussions on television and radio about smoking. The most recent television debate took place in March 2007, on the subject of smoke-free environments.

4. National anti-smoking campaign for 2007 ‘One smoker, many victims’. Serbian Committee for Smoking Prevention, Ministry of Health. Serbia

This campaign, produced by the Serbian Committee for Smoking Prevention at the Ministry of Health, was launched on National No Tobacco Day, 31 January 2007. It will run until mid-June 2007. Its compelling, shocking imagery forcefully illustrates that smoking affects the health of many beyond the smoker. The campaign, on billboards throughout the country and public service announcements on national television, has provoked strong reactions. Indeed, the pro-smoking lobby has reacted by producing articles in newspapers opposing the scientific evidence about the harmful effects of environmental tobacco smoke – a clear sign that the campaign has a strong message. An award would give a great boost to all those involved in tobacco control in Serbia, and provide the Ministry of Health with strong leverage in the Government to oppose various initiatives from the Ministry of Finance aimed at protecting the economic benefits derived from the presence of the tobacco industry in Serbia.

The television spot can be viewed at the following link:

5. Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom Department of Health, United Kingdom

Professor Donaldson has been instrumental in ensuring that smoking in public places will be banned in England later this year. This year, Professor Donaldson has been nominated an unprecedented 13 times by a range of organizations and public health experts.

6. Renaud, French singer

Le Chanteur Renaud a démarré un programme de sevrage tabagique après avoir lu le livre « Piège fatal ». Renaud a clairement affiché son soutien inconditionnel à la prévention du tabagisme, dénonçant les cigarettiers. Il est un chanteur très populaire entre les francophones.

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