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Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program was held for Country Green Crescents!

The International Federation of Green Crescent hosted an online training session regarding the Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Practitioner Training Program for Country Green Crescents from July 24-26. Expert volunteers from 19 countries, including Austria, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Palestine, Gambia, South Africa, Kyrgyzstan, TRNC, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Somalia, Tanzania, Greece and Zimbabwe, participated in the training program. By the end of the program, 50 participants earned certification as Green Crescent Addiction Prevention Training Program practitioners.

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Tobacco, due to the nicotine it contains, is an addictive substance and one of the most widely abused substances in the world. However, after quitting, the body begins to renew itself and expel nicotine within just 2 hours. Nicotine found in tobacco products is an addictive substance, but it is possible to overcome addiction, and many people have successfully quit tobacco use. The International Federation of Green Crescent, along with all Country Green Crescents, is actively working together to create awareness and carry out preventive measures against tobacco addiction, which is a global issue.

What is Tobacco Addiction?

Tobacco addiction can be simply defined as the constant desire to use tobacco products and the inability to quit this usage. However, a more meaningful understanding of tobacco addiction can be achieved by examining it within a three-dimensional structure:

  • Neurochemical (related to nicotine) addiction
  • Psychological addiction dimension
  • Physical habits related to tobacco product consumption

Tobacco use is associated with the release of dopamine, creating a sense of pleasure, due to its high nicotine content. Tobacco, with its nicotine content, is addictive and is one of the most commonly abused substances worldwide. Smoking, using hookah, pipe, or inhaling smoke, can lead to psychological and physical addiction over time.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that tobacco causes 8 million deaths annually and that 19,100 people die every day due to diseases caused by smoking. Moreover, it has been found that 30% of deaths related to coronary heart disease are tobacco-related. The death rate for those who smoke two packs of cigarettes a day is twice as high as that of non-smokers. Only 25% of non-smokers die before the age of 75, while 50% of smokers do. Even in those who quit smoking, the risk of coronary heart disease is twice as high as that of non-smokers.

Country Green Crescents operating under the International Federation of Green Crescent collaborate with health professionals, educators and local leaders in their management teams to prevent addiction. They continue their mission to create lasting change in society against the negative effects of tobacco addiction by organizing various education programs and awareness campaigns targeting all age groups from youth to adults. The International Federation of Green Crescent, active on international platforms, plays an effective role in the global prevention of tobacco addiction through the sharing of experiences with other Country Green Crescents dealing with similar issues.

What are the Known Side Effects of Tobacco?

The original substance of tobacco is a dark liquid called nicotine, which is a colorless, bitter liquid and fundamentally a poison. Nicotine, which can also be produced synthetically, is used as an agricultural pesticide. The known side effects of tobacco include:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Vascular blockages
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Obstructive lung disease
  • Cerebrovascular diseases and peripheral vascular diseases
  • What are the Effects of Tobacco Addiction?
  • It affects different parts of the central nervous system, leading to physical and psychological health problems. Some of these effects include:
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Lung diseases and COPD due to bronchial constriction
  • Vascular blockages and related strokes
  • Gastritis, ulcers, and stomach cancer
  • Yellowing of the skin, wrinkles, and skin cancer
  • Bad breath and yellowing of teeth
  • Smoking during pregnancy leads to premature birth and various developmental disorders.

What Happens After Quitting Smoking?

After discontinuing the use of tobacco products, some positive developments in the body are as follows:

  • Nicotine begins to leave the body 2 hours after quitting smoking.
  • Heart rate and blood pressure start to decrease after 6 hours.
  • After 12 hours, toxic carbon monoxide from cigarette smoke is cleared from the circulation, allowing the lungs to function better.
  • Taste and smell senses sharpen after 2 days.
  • Within 2-12 weeks, circulation improves, making physical activities like walking and running easier.
  • Coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and lung strength improve after 3-9 weeks.
  • The risk of a heart attack is halved within 5 years.
  • After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer is halved, and the risk of a heart attack becomes the same as that of a person who has never smoked.

How Does the Green Crescent Counseling Center (YEDAM) Provide Support for Tobacco Addiction?

The Green Crescent Counseling Center (YEDAM) is a service that plays a key role in smoking cessation treatment for the Turkish Green Crescent Society. Operating with the awareness that comprehensive approaches such as behavioral counseling, psychological support, and medication therapy are crucial during the smoking cessation process, YEDAM focuses on individuals with tobacco addiction aged 15 and above. It provides effective support through individualized treatment plans and expert counselors. During the smoking cessation process, YEDAM prioritizes the psychosocial needs of clients, offering counseling services that consider individual and social interactions. YEDAM not only limits itself to counseling but also makes referrals for medical support when deemed necessary. In this way, YEDAM aims to provide holistic support to individuals in the process of overcoming tobacco addiction, facilitating their transition to a healthy lifestyle. By increasing social awareness during the smoking cessation process, YEDAM aims to make positive contributions to the overall health of individuals and society.

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The International Federation of Green Crescent recently held its inaugural webinar, titled "The Art of Fundraising," as part of its Capacity Building Program. This initiative aims to help Country Green Crescents more effectively access international and regional funding sources. The webinar, held on December 21, 2023, brought together 55 representatives from 24 countries and featured insights from five distinguished speakers across two sessions. The first session, "Fundraising Strategies and Opportunities for NGOs", included presentations by Matej Kosir from UTRIP and Jan Peloza from Impact Hub. The second session, "Empowering Fundraising Capacity in NGOs," featured a presentation by Dr. Mohammed Tariq Sonnan from UNODC. This was followed by exchanging experience from Dr. Ahmed Fairuz Bin Mohamed, President of Green Crescent Malaysia; Dr. Tajudeen Abiola, Secretary General of Green Crescent Nigeria; and Dr. Mousa Daoud, President of Green Crescent Jordan. In a poignant moment during the program, we honored Dr. Omar Farwana, President of Green Crescent Palestine, who tragically lost his life along with his family during the Gaza attacks on October 15. A commemoration speech and a short film were presented in his memory. The International Federation of Green Crescent will continue its webinar series under the Capacity Building Program, aiming to guide and support Country Green Crescents in effectively utilizing international and regional funding sources and enhancing their overall capacities.

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