SRNT 2017 Pre-Conference workshop

SRNT 2017 Pre-Conference workshop

05/06/2017

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. 

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, SCTS has organized a Pre-conference Workshop (SRNT 2017, Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center Florence, Italy) entitled: " Developing Evidence-Based Control Policies Targeting Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Time for Action", sponsored by NIDA and TBC, directed to Tobacco control researchers, public health professionals, policy decision-makers. This 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.

Speakers & Topics included:

  • Methods for measuring first and second hand toxicants’ emissions and exposure among waterpipe smokers and their harmful effectsSpeakers: 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 smokingSpeaker: Wasim Maziak, MD, PhD, Department of Epidemiology, Florida International University, and Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies.
  • The need for waterpipe-tailored cessation interventionsSpeakers: 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 contextSpeaker: Rima Afifi, PhD, MPH, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut.

 

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

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