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Third International Conference on Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Research


Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death throughout much of the world. Waterpipe tobacco use - formerly a traditional habit among men in the Eastern Mediterranean (EM) - has spread across the globe. Waterpipe tobacco smoking is most commonly used as part of poly-tobacco use. 

The last two decades have witnessed a large amount of research on the prevalence, determinants, constituents, and health effects of waterpipe tobacco smoking.  Interventions to prevent and control use have recently been implemented and evaluated, informing our ability to begin to tackle this epidemic.

Policy and regulatory approaches have been suggested, and piloted, with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as a guiding framework, despite the fact that its guidance documents have mostly been focused on cigarettes.  The ​regulatory landscape for tobacco control is changing in the US and internationally. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently released a new report on waterpipe use, and the Conference of the Parties (COP7) has requested guidance documents specific to waterpipe.

With this backdrop in mind, the time is ripe to put translation of the knowledge and evidence amassed about waterpipe tobacco smoking front and center.​

The ​​Third International Conference on Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Research is to be held from 10 to 11 November 2017 in West Hall at AUB. The conference ​"Translating waterpipe tobacco smoking research evidence into practice, policy and regulation,"  will build on the momentum established in the first and second conferences to share recent scholarship on waterpipe tobacco smoking with intent to inform practice, policy and regulation and enhance public health and population wellbeing. 

A training workshop entitled "Dissemination and Implementation Training for Waterpipe Research" will be held on November 9, 2017 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and AUB, and given by experts from partnering agencies, including NCI, AUB/FHS, and the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studi​es (SCTS).

On November 10, 2017, the conference will witness the launch of the Knowledge Hub for Waterpipe Research. This pioneering initiative serves as a WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The main goal is to spread education and awareness about the dangers of WTS with scientific information, to dispel misconceptions about safety, and to urge the regulators to undertake effective control measures on WTS. This Hub is the third in the world and the first to be launched in the Middle East. ​

In addition to keynote presentations by leaders in tobacco control and/or knowledge translation, the conference will be open to presentations on emerging research identified through abstract submission. 

The conference is co-organized by the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut and the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studi​es, and sponsored by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).​

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Contact Us

Gina Cordahi

Coordinator of Special Projects​

Facult​​y of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Van Dyck Hall​​ 235

Phone: +961-1-350-​000, ext. ​4639