The Mission of the AUB Tobacco Control Research Group (AUB-TCRG) is to promote public health by producing and disseminating evidence based tobacco control research.
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.
The impact of this expertise is evident through:
- The publication of an International Development Research Centre (IDRC) monograph on results of the epidemiologic research
- A significant research contribution to the WHO Advisory Note against waterpipe smoking
- Active participation of AUB TCRG at the WHO FCTC Conference of Parties meetings
- The appointment of a member of AUB TCRG as the Chairman of the Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg) as part of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative.
Research Projects and Activities
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.
AUB TCRG is a major catalyst in the tobacco control policy debate and has contributed greatly towards moving it to the forefront of the national agenda. This is being accomplished through one-on-one meetings with parliamentarians, interviews with key players on local TV stations, numerous articles published in the press, workshops with civil society and journalists, public conferences and events, as well as various activities with students.
AUB TCRG has received grants over the years to describe the epidemiology related to waterpipe use among youth, investigate the components of smoke, assess the long-term health impact of its use, understand the acceptability of use among women in the region, compare parent-child dyads attitudes towards use, identify biomarkers of its use, understand attitudes of youth and adults to a variety of potential legislations for tobacco control, and describe the policy environment surrounding tobacco control in Lebanon.
With respect to waterpipe toxicants, researchers from the AUB TCRG have pioneered the science of testing toxicant yields in waterpipe smoke chemistry using specially devised instruments. These studies reported that waterpipe tobacco smoke contains carbon monoxide, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, formaldehyde, nitrogen, nitric acid, nicotine and other toxicants such as arsenic, chromium, lead and volatile aldhehydes.
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AUB TCRG has a strong working relationship with local and regional researchers who are involved in conducting tobacco control research, particularly regarding waterpipe smoking. Supporting and establishing such networks enriches the research process and ensures that production of research evidence builds on previous findings. Other such networks with local and regional civil society are also being formed to powerfully advocate for strong tobacco control policies in the region.
AUB TCRG has received generous funding from various international agencies supporting tobacco control efforts.
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