The World Health Organization in Jordan in collaboration with the Parliamentary Health Committee and Ministry of Health
conducted an awareness seminar on Tobacco Control in Jordan at the Parliament in Amman on 7 December 2014. Experts from WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office and WHO Country Office in Turkey participated the event.
His Excellency Minister of Health Dr Ali Hyasat stated in his opening remarks that “there must be a unified stand from all groups of the society to combat smoking through raising awareness among community members about the harmful effects of tobacco use”. His Excellency also stressed the need of respecting the law in public places and the non-smokers right of breathing clean air”
Dr Ra’ad Hijazeen, Head of the Parliamentary Health Committee praised the initiative, which focuses to protect present and future generations from the devastating health effects of smoking.
Dr Profili, World Health Organization Representative to Jordan stressed the fact that globally tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths and kills nearly 6 million people every year. “We know what works to curb that tobacco epidemic. The actions needed by countries are spelled out in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The Jordan Parliament was one of the first to ratify the Convention already in 2004” Dr Profili said.
Dr Profili also added that World Health Organization would like to ensure continued support to the national efforts to protect the Jordanian population against tobacco use and to reduce the exposure to second-hand smoke and to encourage and helping smokers to quit smoking.
Dr Fatimah El Awa, Tobacco Free Initiative Regional Advisor at the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, said that WHO works with the governments and civil society to support countries to fulfil obligations in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control by implementing the six most effective MPOWER tobacco control policies measures, which are: Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies. Protect people from tobacco smoke, Offer help to quit tobacco use, Warn about the dangers of tobacco, Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship and Raise taxes on tobacco.
The Turkish successful experience in Tobacco Control programme “Change Over Time” was shared by Dr Toker Ergüder, Technical Advisor Tobacco Control in WHO Country Office to Turkey.
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More than 40 staff from a variety of nationalities joined in the breakfast, contributing traditional dishes from their respective cuisines.
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