American University of Beirut

16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

​​​​16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health
Tobacco and Non-communicable Diseases
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
March 17-21, 2015

The 16th World Conference on  Tobacco or Health, an international conferecneon tobacco control, was held this year in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 17-21 March, 2015. This year's aim was to establish , engage and support local, regiona l and international partnerships through the conference program activites and networking sessions. Thousands of researchers, academics, health professionals, non-governmental organization and public officials attended the conference.

Several Members from the American University of Beirut (AUB) represented the AUB-Tobacco Control Research Group at the conference either through presentations or posters.
​ Session Title​​
​ Participants
Workshop: Youthful Conversations from the Tobacco Free Generation 2000 Proposal
Dr. Rima Nakkash, Chair of the session
Panel Discussion: Are We Doing Enough to Protect Youth from Tobacco?The evidence and urgent need to translate evidence into action
Dr. Rima Nakkash, Chair


Nathalie Malek: Patterns and Trends in Use of Water Pipe and Smokeless Tobacco: Recommendations for action
Workshop: Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking

Dr. Ghazi Zaatari: Waterpipe tobacco products: key facts
Tri-plenary for the WHO day: Toxicity and Health Effects of Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Current State-of-the-Science and Funding Opportunities
Dr. Ghazi Zaatari, Chair

Dr. Alan Shihadeh: Real-time waterpipe tobacco smoke toxicant sampling in the natural environment
Symposium: Alternative Tobacco products: Evidence base for interventions to prevent or control waterpipe tobacco use
Dr. Rima Nakkash, Chair
Dima Bteddine, Coordinator


Dr. Rima Afifi: Waterpipe tobacco smoking interventions: Why current evidence for cigarettes might fail to curb waterpipe tobacco use

Dr. Wasim Maziak: Generating the evidence for cessation and prevention of waterpipe smoking

Dima Bteddini: School-based interventions to prevention or delay waterpipe tobacco smoking

Dr. Rima Nakkash: Warning on waterpipe tobacco products? What do we know and what more needs to be done?

Dr. Mohammed Jawad: Messaging for waterpipe tobacco control: What do we know and what more needs to be done?
Symposium regional research capacity to guide policy for waterpipe smoking
Dr. Rima Afifi, Chair
Dr. Fouad Fouad, Chair
Symposium: Global challenges regulation of tobacco products
Dr. Ghazi Zaatari, Chair & Coordinator

Dr. Alan Shihadeh: Is FCTC tenable for non-standard tobacco products? The case of the waterpipe

Dr. Ghazi Zaatari: FCTC implementation of articles 9 & 10: Status, challenges and gaps​
Plenary Session: New tricks or just a new mask? What can be learned from the tobacco industry interference with public health

Dr. Rima Nakkash: Water pipe and the tobacco industry: examples of interference
Sponsored Core Symposium: Public Health-led Global Standardised Testing of Tobacco Products
Dr. Ghazi Zaatari, Chair
​Symposium: Tobacco Farming and Tobacco Control: Separating Myth from Reality

Dr. Jad Chabaan: What tobacco control is not doing to the global demand for tobacco leaf
​Symposium: Reproductive Health and Tobacco: Considerations for Pregnant Women and Women of Childbearing Age
Dr. Monique Chaaya, Chair

Dr. Monique Chaaya: Waterpipe Use During Pregnancy
Poster Discussion Session

Dima Bteddini, Rima Afifi, Rima Nakkash: Gender differences in the protective effect of developmental assets in cigarette and waterpipe tobacco use among youth in Lebanon.

Mohammed Jawad, Rema Afifi, Ziyad Mahfoud, Dima Bteddini, Pascale Haddad, Rima Nakkash:Characteristics of never waterpipe smokers that put them at increased risk of smoking waterpipe: a cross-sectional study of 6th and 7th graders in Lebanon

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