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ERS is an international organisation that brings together physicians, healthcare professionals, scientists and other experts working in respiratory medicine. We are one of the leading medical organisations in the respiratory field, with a growing membership representing over 140 countries.

Our mission is to promote lung health in order to alleviate suffering from disease and drive standards for respiratory medicine globally. Science, education and advocacy are at the core of everything we do.

One in eight people in Europe die due to lung diseases – this means one person every minute. It includes well known diseases like asthma and lung cancer and other less known like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is now the third most common cause of death.

ERS is involved in promoting scientific research and providing access to high-quality educational resources. It also plays a key role in advocacy – raising awareness of lung disease amongst the public and politicians.

Established in 2008, the “George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB” donated by the Behrakis Foundation, Boston, MA to the Hellenic Cancer Society, is a state of the art laboratory for lung function testing.

Equipped with high-end technology and operated by a team of experts in Respiratory Medicine, the Lab provides high quality and standardized services delivered in a friendly, welcoming environment.

The mission of the Lab is to follow the scientific and technological advances in the field of lung function as well as to contribute and support tobacco prevention through scientific and educational means.

Main research focuses on studying Respiratory Mechanics, Respiratory effects of active and passive smoking as well as developing educational programs for Tobacco Prevention, especially among school age youth.

Lung Function Tests are also provided for clinical purposes and include: flow-volume loop, body plethysmograpy, lung volumes, flow resistance, diffusion capacity (single breath, intra-breath), maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressures, trans-diaphragmatic pressure, mouth occlusion pressure, nitrogen washout, impulse oscillometry, exhaled nitric oxide,  arterial gases analysis and exhaled breath condensate.

In addition, the George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB organized and operates the “Smoke Free Greece” campaign in collaboration with the Institute of Public Health of the American College of Greece. Tobacco control activities of the Lab have contributed to a substantial reduction of smoking prevalence in Greece.

The George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB in collaboration with the NGO Symplefsi, also offers Lung Function Testing, consultations and specifically designed school-based interventional programs for tobacco prevention, to residents living in remote Greek islands.

The Institute of Public Health was established at the American College of Greece as of January 2015 funded by the Behrakis Foundation, Boston, MA.

The Institute, under direction of Professor Panagiotis Behrakis, aims to develop scientific research and educational programs that advance Public Health. The primary focus is to increase public awareness on common but also on lesser known public health issues. The Institute organizes a series of lectures on Public Health open to school-teachers, parents, health professionals and to all members of the community interested or dealing with public health.

A think-tank of multidisciplinary experts design the operational directions of the Institute on current, urgent and emerging issues in public health.

In addition, the Institute organizes conferences, social events and§§§ conducts scientific research, presentations and publications.

The Institute of Public Health with the allied George D. Behrakis RESEARCH LAB of the Hellenic Cancer Society operate a series of national and international smoking prevention activities and in particular the Smoke Free Greece campaign.

The main goal of the Institute is to drive a reduction of smoking in Greece, especially among young people. 

The Hellenic Cancer Society constitutes the biggest medico-social organization in the area of Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Diagnosis programmes in Greece, owning 115 branches throughout the entire country with thousands of members, volunteers and supporters.

During the 59 years of constant and hard work, the Society is also the leader in campaigning and raising awareness of the public and the Health professionals in relation to combating cancer with educational seminars, Hospice services are provided to certain cancer patients (groups) and families.

The Society promotes also life style activities and tobacco control programmes.    Psychosocial Counseling Centers, engaging in supporting cancer patients and families are included in our goals. The Society is providing advice to the Minister of Health in associated anticancer and life style policy. Leaflets and publications are distributed all over the country, in order to support our practical activities.  Hellenic Cancer Society is member of the most important international and European against Cancer Organizations such as UICC, ECL,ENSP etc.


The Centre for Health Services Research (CHSR) was established in 1998. It comes under the authority of the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology & Medical Statistics, Medical School (http://www.med.uoa.gr/), University of Athens (http://www.uoa.gr/).Since 2010, the CHSR is a WHO Collaborating Centre. The CHSR has been intensively involved in planning, organising and evaluating programs and services of health promotion and education for many years. The CHSR actively provides multiple forms of training (vocational, undergraduate, graduate, professional) in health services and health promotion and education to various audiences. Additionally, the CHSR demonstrates a strong scientific interest through involving in research on health services and health promotion development and through producing original research articles, evaluation reports, tools and other publications. A number of institutions and organizations, such as the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity, the Social Insurance Institute, the Total Care Network, the network of European Master for Health Promotion and various hospitals and health services make use of the services offered by the CHSR. 

Hellenic Thoracic Society (HTS) is a non-profit Organization that brings together physicians, healthcare professionals, scientists and other experts working in respiratory medicine.  It was founded in 1966 in the field of respiratory medicine. 
HTS is one of the leading medical organizations in the respiratory field, with a growing membership representing over 1500 Respiratory Physicians in Greece. 
HTS mission is to promote lung health in order to alleviate suffering from disease and drive standards for respiratory medicine globally. Science, education, advocacy and public awareness are at the core of everything we do. 
HTS has a joined membership with European Respiratory Society and follows all ERS activities and Guidelines. It also collaborates with other Societies and Organizations in Greece and abroad.
The last 15 years HTS organises educational seminars for Health Professionals for Smoking Cessation and managed to institute at least one smoking cessation clinic in the Hospital of Greece.
HTS incorporated the first website in Greece related to smoking cessation www.denkapnizo.org and dynamically promotes public health and smoking prevention in primary and post primary education institutions through customized interactive approaches (use of fairy tale, puppet show, songs, theatrical acts and drawings).
HTS is active in strategically positioning and connecting the need for smoking cessation  and prevention during organized athletic events like the Athens Marathon (last year in collaboration with ERS/ELF)
HTS organizes press conferences associated with updates on tobacco related issues (every year in World no Tobacco Day) but also in other occasions such as COPD day, ASTHMA day etc and publishes leaflets and books with information on smoking prevention and Cessation. HTS crosses disciplinary collaboration with other medical professionals (Cardiologists, Oncologists, Urologists and many others) in order to support hospitalized patients to quit smoking.
HTS strongly collaborates with stakeholders in order to promote the implementation of antismoking ban in Greece and change public’s point of view.
HTS also collaborates with the WHO for the full implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at the European, National and regional levels, as stated in Article 14.
HTS integrates smoking cessation therapy into current management of patients’ respiratory conditions and facilitates research towards the investigation of new treatments for smoking cessation. 


The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) is an independent non-profit organisation with its central office located in Brussels, Belgium. EFA is a European alliance of 35 allergy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients’ associations representing 30% of European citizens currently living with these diseases.

EFA is member of various organisations, including European Patients’ Forum (EPF), Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), European Network for Tobacco Control & Smoking Prevention (ENSP), Global Allergy and Asthma Patient’s Platform (GAAP) or WHO Global Alliance Against Respiratory Diseases (GARD), and partners with healthcare professionals and other health non-profit organisations.

Global Bridges, established in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and the American Cancer Society, is an international network of healthcare professionals and organizations dedicated to advancing evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment and effective tobacco control policy.  Since its inception in 2010, Global Bridges partners and grantees have created culturally-relevant training curricula based on established best practice and trained more than 20.000 healthcare professionals from 62 countries.  

Our multilingual website, globalbridges.org helps facilitate collaboration worldwide. Global Bridges, in partnership with Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change, is working with European organisations to make a difference to healthcare providers and their patients who want to stop using tobacco.


Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, (Abbr: Tob. Prev. Cessation; ISSN:2459-3087) is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of tobacco use, prevention and cessation that can promote a tobacco free society. The aim of the journal is to foster, promote and disseminate research involving tobacco use, prevention, policy implementation at a regional, national or international level, disease development- progression related to tobacco use, tobacco use impact from the cellular to the international level and finally the treatment of tobacco attributable disease through smoking cessation.


Tobacco Induced Diseases encompasses all aspects of tobacco induced diseases and their prevention. The journal aims to further the development of the scientific basis for the biological effects of tobacco smoke and its active components and to describe the distribution of tobacco diseases throughout the world.

The journal encourages the submission of articles from all medical, biological and psychosocial disciplines, ranging from medical and dental clinicians, through nurses and health professionals to basic biomedical scientists.

Tobacco Induced Diseases is the official journal of the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Diseases.


The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids works with non-governmental organizations and governments to pass and implement the policies proven to reduce tobacco use. We provide legal, media, and research support in the United States and around the world to assist in promoting, adopting and implementing tobacco control policies. The Campaign also provides grants to governments and non-governmental organizations in low- and middle-income countries to accelerate progress in tobacco control.
We are proud to work as a partner in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use and with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
The Campaign actively supports the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. We are a founding member of the Framework Convention Alliance, a coalition of nearly 500 organizations from more than 100 countries that was formed to support FCTC negotiations and ensure the treaty’s proper implementation.


Unfaintobacco.org, a project run by BLUE 21 e.V. in Berlin, Germany, is dedicated to raise awareness of the devastating impact of tobacco growing and tobacco use on sustainable development. Since 2004, Unfairtobacco.org is offering expertise in particular aspects of trade, human rights, and environment occuring in the tobacco sector. Futhermore, it is providing educational material for schools, organising public events, and working with policital decision makers at national and international level.

Unfairtobacco.org receives funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). We are a member of the Framework Convention Alliance, actively supporting the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and of the Health and Trade Network, working for trade agreements, that truly safeguard the right to health.

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The European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) is the largest European patients’ umbrella organization in the area of cancer diseases, and is based in Brussels. ECPC was set up in 2003, and works for a Europe of equality, where all European cancer patients have timely and affordable access to the best treatment and care available, throughout their life.

The Hellenic Midwives Association is a legal entity and the official professional institution of all midwives that live and work in Greece. It is divided into 9 associations that are activated in different regions of the country. From these 9 associations,  the Athens Midwifery Council is the main one.

The Hellenic Midwives Association is member of the World Health Organization, European Midwives Association and International Confederation of the Midwives. All midwives in order to practice their profession are required to be registered in the Midwives’ Associations.

The Hellenic Midwives Association supports, represents and works to strengthen midwives on a national basis. At present it has over 6000 members representing the midwifery profession in Greece. The Hellenic Midwives Association works with midwives and midwifery associations globally to secure women’s rights and access to midwifery care before, during and after childbirth. 


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