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Established in 1995, the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (EMHJ) is the flagship periodical of the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. The journal aims to improve health across the Region through the publication of quality research, with an emphasis on public health and focused on strategic health priorities. The EMHJ strengthens public health knowledge, policy, practice and education. Its wide dissemination supports health policy decision-making and enables researchers, practitioners and professionals to remain well informed of developments in public health.

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Current issue: Volume 26 (1), January 2020

Editorial

Full implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is the responsibility of all
Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Asmus Hammerich, Fatimah El-Awa, Douglas Bettcher and Ahmed Mandil
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):4–5. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.4

Commentary

Tobacco control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: the urgent requirement for action
Jawad A. Al-Lawati and Judith Mackay
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):6–8. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.6

Research articles

Quantitative comparison of WHO tobacco control measures: lessons from the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Gholamreza Heydari
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):9–17. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.9

Self-reported addiction to and perceived behavioural control of waterpipe tobacco smoking and its patterns in Egypt: policy implications
Aya Mostafa
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):18–28. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.18

Socioeconomic inequality in smoking and its determinants in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Mohammad Hassan Emamian, Mansooreh Fateh and Akbar Fotouhi
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):29–38. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.29

Smoking behaviour after enforcement of a 100% tax on tobacco products in Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study
Abdulrahman Alghamdi, Anas Fallatah, Fahad Okal, Taher Felemban, Mohamed Eldigire and Hind Almodaimegh
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):39–46. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.39

Factors associated with dual use of waterpipe tobacco and cigarettes among adults in Pakistan
Mohammed Jawad, Omara Dogar, Mona Kanaan, Jasjit Ahluwalia and Kamran Siddiqi
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):47–54. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.47

Cigarette affordability in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Miriam R.P. Gordon, Anne-Marie Perucic and Robert Angelo P. Totanes
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):55– 60. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.55

Factors contributing to the initiation of waterpipe tobacco smoking among Iranian women
Shirin Shahbazi Sighaldeh, Abdurrahman Charkazi, Mahnaz Amani, Tayyebeh Ostovan and Elmira Manglizadeh
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):61–67. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.61

Tobacco use and its associated factors among older people: a community-based study in Egypt
Doaa Abdel-Hady and Abdel-Hady El-Gilany
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):68–74. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.68

Prevalence of tobacco use among young adults in Palestine
Rania Abu Seir, Akram Kharroubi and Ibrahim Ghannam
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):75–84. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.75

Reviews

Oral health and tobacco research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in relation to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: a scoping review
Maha El Tantawi, Passent Ellakany, Nourhan M. Aly and Hana Moussa
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):85–93. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.85

Smoking prevalence in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Heba Fouad, Alison Commar, Randah R. Hamadeh, Fatimah El-Awa, Ze Shen and Charles P. Fraser
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):94–101. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.94

The status of tobacco control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: progress in the implementation of the MPOWER measures
Fatimah El-Awa, Douglas Bettcher, Jawad A. Al-Lawati, Raouf Alebshehy, Hebe Gouda and Charles P. Fraser
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):102–109. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.102

Report

Smoking cessation services in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: highlights and findings from the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019
Ahmad AlMulla, Norr Hassan-Yassoub, Dongbo Fu, Fatimah El-Awa, Raouf Alebshehy, Mahmoud Ismail and Charles P. Fraser
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):110–115. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.110

Short research communications

Evidence from the Lebanon Global School-based Student Health Survey on midwakh tobacco smoking in school students: a harbinger of the next global tobacco pandemic?
Rima Afifi, Monisa Saravanan, Noura El Salibi, Rima Nakkash, Alossar Rady, Scott Sherman and Lilian Ghandour
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):116–121. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.116

Tobacco use in school students in Afghanistan, Oman and Kuwait and association with parental monitoring: analysis of data from Global School-based Student Health surveys
Masood A. Shaikh
East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):122–128. https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.122

WHO events addressing public health priorities

Regional consultation on novel tobacco products: health effects, research needs and provisional recommended actions for regulators East Mediterr Health J. 2020;26(1):129–130 https://doi.org/10.26719/2020.26.1.129

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Editorial team

Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Editor-in-chief

Arash Rashidian, Executive Director
Ahmed Mandil, Deputy Executive Editor
Phillip Dingwall, Managing Editor

Editorial Board

Zulfiqar Bhutta
Mahmoud Fahmy Fathalla
Rita Giacaman
Ahmed Mandil
Ziad Memish
Arash Rashidian
Sameen Siddiqi
Huda Zurayk

International Advisory Panel

Mansour M. Al-Nozha
Fereidoun Azizi
Rafik Boukhris
Majid Ezzati
Hans V. Hogerzeil
Mohamed A. Ghoneim
Alan Lopez
Hossein Malekafzali
El-Sheikh Mahgoub
Hooman Momen
Sania Nishtar
Hikmat Shaarbaf
Salman Rawaf

Editoral assistants

Nadia Abu-Saleh, Suhaib Al Asbahi (Graphics), Diana Tawadros (Graphics)

Editorial support

Guy Penet (French editor)
Eva Abdin, Fiona Curlet, Cathel Kerr, Marie-France Roux (Technical editors)
Ahmed Bahnassy, Abbas Rahimiforoushani (Statistics editors)

Administration

Iman Fawzy

Web publishing

Nahed El Shazly, Ihab Fouad, Hazem Sakr

Library and printing support

Hatem Nour El Din, Metry Al Ashkar, John Badawi, Ahmed Magdy, Amin El Sayed.

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Reviews

Mushabab Al Asmri, Mohammed J. Almalki, Gerry Fitzgerald and Michele Clark

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Commentaries

Short research communications

Ahmed M. Alkhunaizi, Munifah Al Shammary

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Reports

Antoine Haddad, Tarek Bou Assi, Laura Haddad, Perrine Malaud Wakim, Rita Feghali, Wissam Makki, Mohammad Haidar, Yorgui Teyrouz, Hanadi Samaha, Tamima Jisr, Christian Haddad, Elizabeth Baz, Berthe Hachem, Vanda Barakett and Olivier Garraud

Banan Abdulrzaq Mukhalalati, Lina Bader, Asmaa Alhaqan and Ian Bates

Moutaz Derbala, Elmoubasher Abd Farag, Hamad E. Al-Romaihi, Saad Al Kaabi, Mohamed Al-Thani, Elham El Sayed, Aliaa Amer and Sayed Himatt