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Developing Evidence-Based Control Policies Targeting Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Time for Action. Pre-Conference workshop SRNT 2017
Developing Evidence-Based Control Policies Targeting Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Time for Action. Pre-Conference workshop SRNT 2017

Developing Evidence-Based Control Policies Targeting Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Time for Action. Pre-Conference workshop SRNT 2017

06/06/2017

 

2017 SRNT Annual Meeting

March 8-11, 2017

Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center

Florence, Italy

 

 

Pre-Conference workshop

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Pre-conference Workshop #3

9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Developing Evidence-Based Control Policies Targeting Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Time for Action.

Sponsoring Organization: NIDA, and TBC

 

Moderators: Rima Afifi, PhD, American University of Beirut; Fouad Fouad, MD, American University of Beirut.

Speakers & Topics:

·       Methods for measuring first and second hand toxicants’ emissions and exposure among waterpipe smokers and their harmful effects. Speakers: Alan Shihadeh, DrPH, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, American University of Beirut

·       Qualitative studies to inform policy on waterpipe smoking. Speaker: Scott Sherman, MD, MPH, New York University School of Medicine

·       The use of flavored tobacco and harm perception among waterpipe smokers. Speaker: Ramzi Salloum, PhD, Department of Health Outcomes and Policy, University of Florida

·       Addictive properties of waterpipe tobacco smoking. Speaker: Wasim Maziak, MD, PhD, Department of Epidemiology, Florida International University, and Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies

·       The need for waterpipe-tailored cessation interventions. Speakers: Kenneth D. Ward, PhD, University of Memphis School of Public Health; Taghrid Asfar, MD, MSPH, Scientist, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

·       The need and challenges for adapting FCTC policies to the waterpipe specific context. Speaker: Rima Afifi, PhD, MPH, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut;

·       A regulatory/policy framework for waterpipe tobacco smoking. Speaker: Wasim Maziak, MD, PhD, Department of Epidemiology, Florida International University, and Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies;

 

Intended Audience: Tobacco control researchers, public health professionals, policy decision-makers.

Waterpipe (hookah, shisha) is emerging as a global epidemic of tobacco smoking, particularly among youth and women. Unlike cigarettes, waterpipe smoking involves several components (e.g., tobacco, charcoal, device, and venues) and is characterized by unique smoking patterns that expose smokers to significant amounts of nicotine and other toxic substances. Nevertheless, research informing the development and implementation of waterpipe-specific control policies is limited and this contributed to the unprecedented global spread of waterpipe. Controlling waterpipe use requires comprehensive policy and regulatory framework that is built on waterpipe specific evidence and its use and marketing context. This pre-conference workshop aimed to explore the challenges and opportunities for developing and implementing evidence-based waterpipe control policies to curb its global epidemic. Specifically, participants discussed the methods for measuring toxicants’ exposure among waterpipe smokers and their harmful effects, the addictive properties of waterpipe tobacco smoking, and the need for waterpipe-tailored cessation interventions. Workshop participants also discussed a regulatory/policy framework for waterpipe tobacco smoking, and the need and challenges for adapting FCTC policies to the waterpipe specific context (e.g. warning labels, plain packaging, price, and flavored-based control policies). Workshop attendees gained knowledge on the challenges and opportunities for developing evidence-based waterpipe control policies, which helps to identify specific research areas needed for developing and implementing these policies.

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