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News Articles 2012-13

AUB-TCRG, the Neighborhood Initiative and the CCECS celebrate the smoking ban in indoor public places on September 3, 2012

On September 3, 2012, the AUB-Tobacco Control Research Group, Neighborhood Initiative, and Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) organized a celebration to mark the beginning of the ban on smoking indoors in hospitality establishments including restaurants and cafes according to Law 174.

Rima Nakkash (center) with RotaryAct volunteers The celebration was part of an initiative by Professor Rima Nakkash to enable and encourage restaurants and cafes in Hamra to implement the law and make a smooth transition to a smoke-free indoor environment, and thus serve as a role model to other Beirut neighborhoods.

The Neighborhood Initiative interviewed restaurant managers and waiters and used these interviews to develop a poster campaign designed by Polypod.

The CCECS provided a team of volunteers to visit restaurants and disseminate posters, while the Office of Communications organized the musical entertainment and disseminated the news to the national media.

The event kicked off in Hamra Square, at 7.00pm with a series of bands, singers, musicians, and performers. There were also acrobatic and Tai chi performances by Pathlessness athletes. Musicians then spread out to the Gefinor center, Hamra Square, Bliss Street, Café Younes (near Commodore), Bread Republic, Saroulla Center, Alleyway Street. Volunteer students and RotarAct members distributed information about the law in the neighborhood and in popular restaurants and cafés. Crowds enjoying the celebration in Hamra Square

Some restaurants and cafés in the area offered food and drink to customers. The evenings events received wide media coverage on TVs, in newspapers, and on websites.

Read about the press conference that followed on September 4


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