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2.000 blind and visually impaired people living in Cyprus. About 125 (67 pupils and 58 girls) of the above 2000 people are children and teenagers under 18 years old, who are also supported by the Pancyprian Organization of the Blind.


What are the main activities?

Health 21 Hungarian Foundation

Tobacco control is one of the five priority areas of action of the Foundation. It focuses on tobacco-related research, the introduction of best international practice into Hungary (pilot programs), and media and policy advocacy.

The Health 21 Hungarian Foundation is one of the most relevant advocacy groups on tobacco policy development in Hungary. It also works to improve the use of research findings in supporting tobacco policy development. Moreover, it contributes to the professional training of public health officials on tobacco control issues.

Dr. Tibor Szilagyi, CEO of the Foundation, participated in the development of the new Hungarian tobacco control action plan adopted by the Hungarian Government in the fall 2001. He is also member of the expert group responsible for the supervision of the activities of the action plan.

Other main tobacco control-related activities of the Foundation include:

1. Mobilizing decision makers for the support of FCTC

After INB1 Dr. Tibor Szilagyi held a presentation for the Health and Social Committee of the Hungarian Parliament on FCTC and related issues. The presentation aimed at raising awareness on FCTC of the members of the Committee, as they have been proved to be the most active advocates on health policy issues within the Hungarian Parliament. The 25 members of the Committee were distributed leaflets on the latest achievements of the FCTC development process.

In addition, the Foundation provides with regularity members of the Committee with its publications on tobacco policy development issues (including its two books on policy and media advocacy in tobacco control and a compilation of tobacco industry documents based on the translation of Trust us – We are the tobacco industry, respectively). English summaries of these publications are available at the Foundation’s website (the first ever Hungarian tobacco control site in English at http://health21.hungary.globalink.org/).

2. Mobilizing the tobacco control community

In order to mobilize scientific community and other stakeholders involved in tobacco control towards the development of a more advanced tobacco control policy mix in Hungary, the Foundation launched the Hungarian Coalition on Tobacco Control Forum, an informal network of Hungarian organizations, institutions, professionals involved in tobacco control. The Coalition has joined the European Network for Smoking Prevention. It has already organised a series of lobbying actions (the amendment of anti-smoking legislation is pending in Hungary) as well as the first ever public event on November 17, the No Smoking Day.

3. Analysis of the internal tobacco industry documents on Hungary

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