Outreach of the “SmokeFreeGreece” educational campaign in Greek Schools
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American College of Greece, Institute of Public Health, Athens, Greece
George D. Behrakis Research Lab, Hellenic Cancer Society, Athens, Greece
Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece
Submission date: 2017-04-11
Acceptance date: 2017-04-11
Publication date: 2017-05-25
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Marina Demi   

Institute of Public Health, American College of Greece, Ipitou 17b, 10557 Athens, Greece
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2017;3(May Supplement):103
Tobacco prevention and cessation are two key aspects of tackling the tobacco epidemic. Tobacco prevention often stems from the school community, which consists of a range of age groups with different needs and approach requirements.

Material and Methods:
An educational intervention (SmokeFreeGreece), focusing mainly on a healthy lifestyle linked to non-smoking has been developed and implemented in Greece. The intervention is delivered in specially designed educational centers, with the production of educational material addressed to both students and teachers.

Over the past 7 years more than 19,500 students, 1,750 teachers and 1.050 schools have actively participated in the educational program. The material has been distributed to date to more than 285,000 Greek school students, throughout Greece including visits to 13 remote islands of the Aegean. The above actions are subsequently supported by an Annual Student Conference on Tobacco Prevention “Education for A Smoke Free World”.

The educational intervention has reached a substantial percentage of the Greek school population. During the years of our intervention smoking prevalence among 16-24 year olds has decreased by 33.3% (Hellenic Statistical Authority, 2016) and we do believe that our activities are related with this reduction in prevalence.

This work is supported by a George D. Behrakis Foundation Grant.

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