Tobacco Control Research Group
Memorandum of Understanding with WHO makes AUB Global Knowledge Hub on WaterPipe Consumption 

On January 15, 2016, the American University of Beirut signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control making AUB the Global Knowledge Hub for waterpipe tobacco smoking (read more)

News & Events 
  • Historic Win for Global Health: Uruguay defeats Philip Morris Challenge to its strong Tobacco Control Laws (read more)
  • May 31, 2016 Interview on LBC news with Dr. Rima Nakkash (watch interview)
  • In collaboration with the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, The Lebanese Association For Educational Studies held a conference on "The Civic Role of Arab Universities" on April 21 and 22, 2016 with the participation of Dr. Rima Nakkash (read more) 
  • Research and Advocacy for tobacco control in the Arab World - AUB Tobacco Control Research Group documentary.(watch video)
  • "Smoking out the evidence on water pipe use"  a story published by Nature Magazine on the Special  Supplement on Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking.
  • The Second International Conference on Waterpipe Smoking Research: A Collision of Two Epidemics of Waterpipe and Cigarettes took place in Doha,Qatar from the 25th to the 27th of October, 2014. (Declaration)

The AUB - Tobacco Control Research Group (AUB - TCRG) was established informally in 1999. The group gathered a team of professionals who are interested in tobacco control research, particularly in relation to waterpipe. Since its inception, the AUB TCRG is multidisciplinary in nature, with specializations in medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, health promotion, health policy, health management, chemistry, economics, environmental policy and engineering. With a focus on the waterpipe as a type of tobacco consumption, AUB -TCRG has created a niche for its expertise.

AUB - TCRG is focused on dissemination and translation of research to policy as well as building a regional network of researchers involved in tobacco control and, more specifically, waterpipe tobacco use.

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