Promote scientific excellence and evidence-based public health in Syria and
the Arab world.
To forge a sustainable institution which draws on a wide range of
complimentary expertise and resources from developed and developing nations and
serves as a model of scientific excellence and commitment to the health of
people in Syria and the Arab world
1- Understanding adolescent tobacco use patterns and determinants.
Examining waterpipe toxicant exposure, dependence, and risk.
3- Testing and
integrating effective smoking cessation interventions.
4- Building regional
tobacco control research capacity.
1- Optimize methods for studying tobacco use and local smoking
2- Describe, in a clinical laboratory established in Aleppo, the
subjective, physiological, and behavioral effects of smoking systems that are
popular in, and in some cases unique to, the ME, such as narghile.
3- Test a
primary care smoking cessation intervention tailored to the Syrian environment
based on data from epidemiological and clinical laboratory research.
Syrian tobacco researchers so that the expertise and resources necessary for
sustaining and expanding the SCTS will be in place locally at the project's end.