First EMRO smoking cessation conference

19 Aug 2011

Health professionals and representatives from non-government and government organisations in the EMRO region attended to learn more about tobacco dependence treatment (TDT), and how to implement Article 14 in their countries.

FCA’s EMRO Regional Co-ordinator Dr Hani Algouhmani said the conference was a success because participants came from different health-related areas but all shared the same aim of treating tobacco dependence.

Some of the agreements to arise from the conference were to:

•    Establish more TDT clinics throughout the region;
•    Raise tobacco taxes and use funds for FCTC implementation;
•    Also use funds from tobacco taxation and customs costs to provide free treatment in public clinics while also subsidising private treatment;
•    Ensure strict FCTC implementation;
•    Promote TDT clinics and generate a tool that contains contact information, like a phone book;.
•    Include TDT education and tobacco control training at universities;.
•    Produce regional guidelines and treatment algorithms that accommodate different patient groups;
•    List TDT medication on basic drug lists, and ensure coverage through health insurance;.
•    Conduct situational analysis of the EMRO region – particularly focusing on tobacco’s economic burden;.
•    Include smoking and tobacco use in all non-communicable diseases (NCDs) communication programmes.
•    Allow citizens (as well as public servants) to monitor enforcement of the smoking ban in public places (particularly in Jordan);.
•    Ensure proper enforcement mechanisms for a smoking ban;
•    Share all training programme and workshop information with all primary healthcare professionals; and
•    Sensitise the public and create awareness among non-smokers of their right to smoke-free air.

Global Bridges, King Hussain Cancer Control Center and the Syrian Center for tobacco studies held the conference in Amman, Jordan during 27-30 June.

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