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||
|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||Presentation:
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||Presentation:
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||Posters:
Rima Nakkash: Gender differences in the protective effect of developmental assets in cigarette and waterpipe tobacco use among youth in Lebanon.
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