Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Regulations & Challenges & Illicit tobacco trade and taxation in the EMR Workshops

Third International Conference on Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Research
June 15, 2018
An Overview of Global Regulatory Practices in Controlling Waterpipe Tobacco Use (2017- early 2018)
November 16, 2018

Members of relevant government and civil society organizations from the region participated and shared their experience and expertise.

Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Regulations & Challenges &

Illicit tobacco trade and taxation in the EMR

Beirut, Lebanon 06-09

 November/2018

 

The WHO FCTC Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Knowledge Hub (WTS-KH), and the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) with the technical support of WHO EMRO, conducted a two consecutive workshops on November 6-7 and on November 8-9, 2018 at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Workshop #1 is on November 6-7: Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking (WTS) Regulations & Challenges; at the VML classroom, American University of Beirut.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. To review the current global tobacco control laws and policies as they relate to regulating waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS) and the extent of implementing by Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) articles for that purpose.
  2. To identify challenges associated with the enactment and enforcement of WTS control legislation in the context of different countries;
  3. To discuss how evidence to date can guide regulation of waterpipe smoking in public places and the implementation of regulations that take into consideration the unique design of the waterpipe and its accessories and their use;
  4. To draw a set of recommendations for future actions tailored for the identified regulatory specificities and challenges of WTS.

Workshop #2 is on November 8, 9:  FCA EMRO FCTC Capacity Building Workshop; at the at the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Building, First Floor, TBL classroom, American University of Beirut.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  1. Global Strategy, which includes an ambitious objective on prevalence reduction and identifies Article 6 as key
  2. Provide an opportunity to the government delegates and FCA members to study the ITTP and art 6 guidelines.
  3. Provide examples of evidence-based strategies on the implementation of art 6 guideline and ITTP ratification.
  4. Discuss changes in the existing national laws and regulations according to the adopte art 6 guideline and ITTP strategies on how to introduce those changes and accelerate the ITTP ratification.
  5. Make Governments and NGOs sit to gather on the same table and discus the barriers and facilities for implementation of art 6 and ratification of ITTP.
  6. Provide examples of evidence-based strategies on the implementation of those guidelines.
  7. To build capacity of the NGOs on how to collaborate and build effective national and regional teamwork on tobacco control.

Members of relevant government and civil society organizations from the region will be invited to participate and share their experience and expertise.

These workshops are co-sponsored by the WHO EMRO & the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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