European & International Projects
The George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB of the Hellenic Cancer Society
is qualified and certified to coordinate and participate in
European & International Projects.
As of November the 1st 2015, through the Hellenic Cancer Society, the Lab participates in the TACK-SHS project, a Collaborative Project under the European Commission H2020 Framework Program.
The purpose of this project is to:
“Tackle secondhand tobacco smoke and e-cigarette emissions:
- Exposure assessment, novel interventions, impact on lung diseases and economic burden in diverse European populations.”
“George D Behrakis Research Lab”, was appointed to implement the study:
- “Clinical impact of passive exposure to e-cigarettes emissions on the respiratory system”
The Lab and the Hellenic Cancer Society also participate in the following work packages:
- Environmental assessment of SHS exposure in private settings and outdoor settings according to country-specific smoke-free policies and socioeconomic characteristics
- Survey on secondhand smoke and electronic cigarettes
- Measuring for change: air quality eedback to reduce SHS exposure in the home and car
- Secondhand tobacco smoke in experimental and real-life conditions: comparison of methods of measurement.
- Secondhand exposure to emissions from electronic cigarettes: personal and environmental assessment in confined spaces
- Economic impact of secondhand tobacco smoke on morbidity and mortality and Return on Investment of interventions
Official Site: www.tackshs.eu
JOINT ACTION ON TOBACCO CONTROL
The Hellenic Cancer Society and the George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB, was unanimously elected as coordinator of this demanding project.
Smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption are considered the single most important cause of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide. Efforts to reduce the devastation of tobacco-related deaths and illness in the EU consist of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), and the WHO Framework Convention on ToTobacco Control (FCTC).
The TPD lays down rules governing the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. The TPD stipulates that Member States shall require manufacturers and importers of tobacco products to submit to their competent authorities information, via a common entry gate (EU-CEG) – an IT tool designed to ensure uniform application of the reporting and notification obligations, harmonise the submission of data, facilitate comparison and reduce administrative burden.
The general objective of the Joint Action on Tobacco Control will be to provide support for the implementation of the TPD throughout the 28 EU MS through the mining of EU-CEG data, supporting of laboratory collaborations and effort to evaluate priority additives.
The specific aims of the project are:
- To ensure appropriate coordination and evaluation
- To support the dissemination of information to the public, regulators and researchers.
- To enhance the ease of access to the data collected through the EU CEG
- To monitor and provide support to the tasks of tobacco and e-cigarette product regulation
- Assist EU MS networking and collaborations between laboratories for tobacco evaluation.
- Support EU MS in the process of monitoring and updating priority additives
- To integrate the JATC results into national policies
With the above in mind, this proposal comes at a perfect timing to aid the regulatory activities that would be needed across the EU MS with regards to the implementation of the TPD across 28 EU MS spanning a population of 508 Million people”.
A Memorandum of understanding was established between the Harvard School of Public Health, Greek Ministry of Education, Greek Ministry of Health and the Hellenic Cancer Society.
Prevention and Cessation of smoking in Greece.
In the context of this project, “The Greek Tobacco Epidemic” book was published in 2011. In addition, the 1st “Student Conference and Competition” was designed, developed and held in Athens. Since then, it has become an established annual event with continued success over the past 7 Pan-Hellenic student conferences. Having been held in both Athens and Thessaloniki, the conference is accompanied by a friendly student competition wherein students are invited to share their creative expressions via painting, video, or creative writing piece on a given theme referring to smoking health effects or prevention.
The entirety of the project HEART II was based on the collaboration between the Hellenic Cancer Society and the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA).
In the frame of the HEART II project were designed and developed:
- The school based interventions implemented in the 3 cities of Athens, Thessaloniki and Tegea Tripolis
- The “LEARN NOT TO SMOKE” notebook for primary students
- The “CALENDAR NOTEBOOK” for gymnasium students
- “THE TRUTH ABOUT SMOKING” book
- The “EUROPEAN GUIDELINES FOR SMOKING CESSATION” (Greek translation 2012)
- The “EDUCATION FOR A NON SMOKING WORLD” book.