Workshops

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 workshops

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, are pleased to welcome you to 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.

 

Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking (WTS) Regulatory Challenges Workshop Notes

Day 1: November 6th, 2018

Time Main activity Speakers
9:00 am – 9:05 am Welcome Note & Overview Dr. Ghazi Zaatari

Zaatari-WTS use and regulations-Beirut workshop-2018 – Scoope

9:05 am – 9:10 am Welcome Note from the WHO FCTC Secretariat Dr. Tibor Szilagyi

Tibor_welcome_waterpipe meeting_DN

9:10 am – 9:15 am Welcome Note from WHO Country Representative/Lebanon Dr. Iman Shankiti
9:15 am – 9:30 am Tour de Table (Name, institution, area of work) Participants
9:30 am – 9:50 am Overview on WTS use & regulations Dr. Ghazi Zaatari

Zaatari-WTS use and regulations-Beirut workshop-2018

9:50 am – 10:15 am Global implementation of WHO FCTC and implementation challenges in low-and middle-income countries Dr. Tibor Szilagyi

Tibor_Presentation_Global_Progress

10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:00 am Regulatory perspectives on Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Dr. Alan Shihadeh

SHIHADEH AUB Waterpipe workshop Nov 6 2018

11:00 am – 11:30 am Regulation of Waterpipe Tobacco Products – TobLabNet perspectives Dr. Najat Saliba

Najat WTS-FCTC-AUB

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Demand reduction measures of the WHO FCTC – Waterpipe tobacco warning labels Dr. Rima Nakkash

Nakkash-KH workshop- Warning Labels for Waterpipe Tobacco – PPt-Updated

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Challenges & experiences in regulating WTS in Turkey Dr. Elif Dagli

Elif Dagli

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 4:00  pm Challenges and Experiences in regulating WTS

(10 minutes/Country presentations)

UK: Dr. Mohamed Jawad

Jawad_WTS Regulation & Challenges

 

Egypt: Dr. Mouhamad Madbouli

Madbouly- WT TAX Egypt

 

Qatar: Dr. Ahmad Almulla

 

Iran: Mr. Behzad Valizadeh

Iran November 2018

 

Jordan: Mawya Elzawawi

Jordan status

 

South Africa, WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Taxation: Kristen Van Der Zee

TC and Water Pipe Overview Kirsten

 

Pakistan: Dr. Mohamed Javed

Pakistan-Experience WTS

 

Oman: Jawad Al-Lawatti

Jawad_WTS Regulation & Challenges

 

Kuwait: Anwar Bou Rahma

Kuwait- smoking

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Wrap up of the day Dr. Rima Nakkash

 

Day 2: November 7th, 2018

Time Main activity Speakers
9:00 am – 9:20 am Previous day highlights Dr. Mohamed Jawad

Dr. Rima Nakkash

9:20 am – 9:45 am Implementation of Article 5.3 to Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Dr. Raouf Alebshehy (discussant: Dr Tibor Szilagyi)

Raouf_5.3 on waterpipe

9:45 am – 10:15 am Recommendations for future actions to address regulatory specificities and challenges in WTS in light of decisions of COP8 – Role of NGOs and advocacy groups Mr. Francis Thompson

Francis Thompson advocacy rules applied to waterpipe 2018 _2

10:15 am – 10:45 am WTS media exposure and role in regulating WTS Roula Moawad – An Nahar Newspaper
10:45 – 11:15 am Waterpipe tobacco use  and legal challenges to enforcement of Law 174 Maitre Dany Rifaat
11:15 am – 11:30 am Coffee Break
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Group discussion – Regulatory challenges in WTS Dr. Mohamed Jawad
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 am – 4:00 pm Group discussion – Regulatory challenges in WTS Dr. Mohamed Jawad
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Wrap up and evaluation

Closing Note

Dr. Rima Nakkash

Dr. Ghazi Zaatari

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.

 

Beirut, 8-9 November 2018

First day

09:00-10:00 Opening ceremony

 

Welcome note by the organizers (WR,FCA, WHO and MoH)

Introduction to the workshop by FCA

Introduction of participants

Approving of the provisional programme

Group photo

 

introduction

Dr Iman Shankiti

Mr Francis Thompson

Dr Tibor Szilagyi

Tibor Szilagyi_welcome_illicit meeting_DN

10:00- 10:30 Coffee break
First session International and regional updates
10:30-11:15 Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control: Advancing Sustainable Development through the implementation of the WHO FCTC 2019-2025 Dr Tibor Szilagyi (WHO FCTC Secretariat)

Tibor_Presentation_the_Strategy

Mr Mr Francis Thompson (FCA)

smuggling threat industry Francis Thompson

11:15-11:45 Update from the Meeting of the Parties of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products Dr Tibor Szilagyi (WHO FCTC Secretariat)

Presentation_protocol_Nov_2018

11:45-12:15 International status of illicit tobacco trade and key developments Mr Luk Jossens

Beirut 2018

12:15-12:45 Status on Illicit tobacco trade in the EMR region; highlights Dr Raouf Alebshehy

Raouf_illicit

12:45-13:15 Tobacco taxes, the case for large increases, and how the TI tries to counter it, and questions linking illicit tobacco trade to taxes, how to address them Jean Tesche

Tobacco Taxation 11 2019

13:15-13:30 Discussion  
13:30-14:30 Lunch break
14:30-14:45 How to become Party to the Protocol? (What are the needed steps, making the case for the Protocol, etc.) Dr Tibor Szilagyi (WHO FCTC Secretariat)

Tibor Szilagyi

14:45-15:45 Working groups:

How to activate/promote the Protocol ratification/accession in EMR Parties?

 

Each group will work to answer the following questions:

1.      What is the needed process?

2.      Who should be your partners?

3.      Next steps on going back to countries?

4.      What is needed from WHO FCTC Secretariat and WHO?

5.      How to delink taxation and illicit tobacco trade?

Each group will have one expert facilitator and one country facilitator to report back

Facilitators:

Madbouly

Hani

Luk

 

15:45-16:45 Reporting back from working groups  
16:45-17:00 Summary of first day  
 

Second day

 

Second session Implementation of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
09:00-09:30 Tracking and tracing at country level, and how to finance it (best practices) Luk Jossens

Traceability Beirut 2018

09:30-10:00 Tracking and tracing system in the EMR region: highlights from Egypt Mr Mohammad Madbouly

Egypt New illict Trade

10:00-10:30 Key obligations under the Protocol

 

Dr Tibor Szilagyi (WHO FCTC Secretariat)

 

10:30-10:45 Coffee break  
10:45-11:45 Ways the tobacco industry uses the threat of smuggling to keep tobacco taxes low Mr Francis Thompson

smuggling threat industry Francis Thompson

11:45-12:15 Cigarette Taxation and Illicit Trade in South Africa: A Cautionary Tale Kirsten van der Zee

KT Illicit Trade

12:15-12:45 Discussion  
12:45-13:45 Lunch break  
13:45-14:30 WHO FCTC taxation recommendations, key findings from GTCR and country experience Jean Tesche and Mohammad Madbouly

Raising Taxes on Tobacco-Best Practices 9 11 2018

14:30-15:00 Tobacco control and human rights Laurent Huber Via Skype

EMRO Nov 2018 Intro Tobacco and Human Rights FINAL

15:00-16:00 Working groups:

How to make the cases for higher taxes?

The groups will answer the following questions:

1.      How to move on with taxation increase?

2.      What are the key impediments and how to overcome them?

3.      How to respond to tobacco industry arguments?

Each group will have one expert facilitator and one country facilitator to report back

Facilitators:

Anne-Marrie

Muhammad Madbouly

Kerstin van der Zee

 

16:00- 16:30 Reporting back from the working groups  
16:30-17:00 Closure and key recommendations