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The 2nd Regional Summer Course

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



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..


The workshop consisted of 25 sessions over 4 days. 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.


On the last day, Dr. Leischow and Dr. Ward facilitated a session on next steps. All workshop attendees (both trainers and participants) suggested important next steps which were listed in a flip chart and posted on the wall. Then each person was asked to prioritize 3 of the points.  Common points were combined. Four priority areas were identified: 1) Ensure continued communication: this will begin by the establishment of a list serv. Mawya Zawawi Hammad volunteered to begin this process. 2) Follow-up on a regional project on tobacco dependence treatment including focusing on treatment issues in the next meeting - the Jordan team will follow-up on this point. 3) Follow-up on research on surveillance and ensuring common measurement of exposure etc across the region. Wasim Maziak volunteered to follow-up on this. 4) Identification of research gaps in the region - the AUB Tobacco Control Team will take this on. 5) Developing a regional funding proposal together.  

In addition, it was agreed that the next workshop will be held in Jordan in Spring/Summer 2011.