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The 2nd Regional Summer Course "Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) policies and their implementation in Arab Countries" Beirut, Lebanon 2010





I. Background

This year the Tobacco Control Research Group- hosted by the Center for Research on Population and Health of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB) - and the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies (SCTS) in collaboration with Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) Eastern Mediterranean region, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), and Tobacco Free Kids (TFK) co-hosted a workshop on FCTC policies and their implementation in Arab Countries.

The workshop was held at AUB over the period June 28 - July 1, 2010. The training was planned by the AUB team in collaboration with Dr. Wasim Maziak, Director of SCTC and Dr. Fouad Fouad, SCTS Coordinator..


II. Participants

A total of 18 participants from 8 Arab countries attended the workshop. They were distributed as follows: five from Jordan, three from Syria, three from Egypt, one from Yemen, one from Saudi Arabia, one from Iraq, one from the Bahrain and three from Lebanon.  There were 9 women and 9 men. The profiles of participants varied slightly with regards to age and background. The group was a heterogeneous crowd with good team spirit and a genuine interest in tobacco control.





Mawya Hammad

Lina Creative & Development Group

Hiba Commercial Complex, Amman


Omar Khabour

Jordan University of Sciences & Technology


Karem Alzoubi

Jordan University of Sciences & Technology


Maher Aboumayaleh



Maad Kaltoum



Omar El Shahawy

Ain Shams University, Public Health Department, Cairo


Muhammad Murad



Furas Shamsan



Saleh Al Abbad

Antismoking Charitable Org.

Saudi Arabia

Rawnak Aqrawi

Ministry  of Health


Mohammad Alzubi



Ghada Ali Sakheer

Royal Medical Services


Sherwet Ahmed



Abir Kassis

Green Hand Org.


Roba Fahes

Islamic Health Society (IHS)


Nour Al Jafari



Samar El-Feky

Egyptian Coalition for Tobacco Control



III. Resource Persons

A variety of regional and international resource people were on hand to conduct the workshop sessions. These included:

§  Dr. Rima Afifi, Associate Professor, AUB

§  Dr. Wasim Maziak, Director of SCTS and Professor at the University of Memphis,

§  Dr. Fouad Fouad, Coordinator, SCTS

§  Dr. Rima Nakkash, Assistant Research Professor, AUB

§  Mr. Feras Hawari, Director, King Hussein Cancer Center

§  Dr. Kenneth Ward, Professor, University of Memphis.

§  Dr. Thomas Eissenberg, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

§  Dr. Taghrid Asfar, Scientist, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

§  Dr. Scott Leischow, Professor, University of Arizona, Arizona Cancer Center

§  Dr. Salah Abdulrahman, Bahrain Council of Representatives

§  Dr. Wael Safwat, Coalition Officer, The Union Middle East Office

§  Dr. Georges Saadeh, Director, National Tobacco Control Program

§  Dr. Jade Khalife, Coordinator, National Tobacco Control Program

§  Dr. Monique Chaaya, Associate Professor, AUB.

§  Dr. Ghazi Zaatari, Professor, AUB-Medical Center, gave sessions.

§  Dr. Alan Shihadeh, Associate Professor, AUB, gave sessions

§  Ms. Peggy Hanna, Instructor, Lebanese American University, gave sessions.

§  Mr. Wael Homeidan, Director, Indy Act, gave sessions.

§  Ms. Joanna Khalil, Research Assistant, AUB, gave sessions.

§  Ms. Alexandra Ataya, Research Assistant, AUB

The following persons organized the workshop logistics

§  Ms. Alexandra Ataya, Research Assistant, AUB, administrative coordinator

§  Ms. Lina Jbara, Research Assistant, AUB, focal person and administrative assistant.

§  Mr. Youcef Hannou, Y-PEER Fellow, administrative assistance.


IV. Workshop Opening and Social Programs:

The workshop commenced with an opening session on Monday, June 28, 2010. Dr. Wasim Maziak and Dr. Iman Nuwayhid, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB, provided the welcome speech. The other social programs included:

  • An invitation to attend a seminar on the marketing of tobacco to women in line with World No Tobacco Day organized by the Center for Research on Population and Health, AUB and the AUB-Tobacco Control Research Group

  • A cultural night at a traditional Lebanese restaurant where the participants networked with the trainers.

  • A tour of the AUB campus



V. Workshop Content

The workshop consisted of 25 sessions over 4 days (Appendix A). There were 5 case studies and a role-play session. The following topics were discussed:

  • A review of FCTC history, regulations, and current status.

  • Methods to evaluate effectiveness of tobacco control policies.

  • Overview of smoke free legislation in the EMR and fundamentals of smoke free workplace laws.

  • Taxation and bans on advertising.

  • Introduction of quit line services.

  • Results of different studies from Syria and Lebanon.

  • Strategies to influence policy makers.

  • Smuggling in the EMR.

  • Lab models to evaluate water pipe.

  • Network science and its role in developing scientific collaboration to support the implementation of evidence-based practice.

  • Creating a network of healthcare providers in EMR.

  • Action planning and recommendations.



VI. Evaluation

At the end of the workshop an overall evaluation was completed to help assess the benefit from the training as a whole and to get feedback for future workshops.


  • General evaluation of the workshop:

The following table presents the average rating of participants on a scale of 1-5; 1 being "strongly agree" and 5 being "strongly disagree":












The workshop lived up to my expectations

Strongly agree:8

Agree: 11



I was encouraged to voice my opinions during the sessions

Strongly agree: 12

Agree: 6

N/A: 2


I was well informed about the objectives of the workshop

Strongly agree: 8

Agree: 12

N/A: --


The content was relevant to my field of work

Strongly agree: 6

Agree: 12

N/A: 2


I was generally very satisfied with the workshop

Strongly agree: 9

Agree: 9

N/A: 2


The workshop activities stimulated my learning about the topic

Strongly agree: 9

Agree: 11