Tobacco Free Initiative

16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

Logos for 16th World Conference on Tobacco or HealthIn just under two weeks, multisector stakeholders from around the world will gather in Abu Dhabi for five days to fight tobacco. From 17 to 21 March, panel discussions, symposia, posters, workshops and postgraduate courses will highlight the efforts being made thus far, the challenges faced and the solutions needed to scale up tobacco control.  

The Conference theme is “Tobacco and Noncommunicable Diseases”. Tobacco is one of the four main risk factors for noncommunicable diseases, and is highly prevalent in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and increasing among young people, with up to 36% of adolescents (13–15 years) using tobacco. Fortunately, these risk factors are modifiable.

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Pakistan gears up to implement GATS

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In focus

World No Tobacco Day 2014

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Qatar releases key findings from the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey

27 November 2013 – Qatar released its fact sheet from the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey in a press conference organized by the Supreme Council of Health. The Global Adult...

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Regional workshop on tobacco control and trade

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  • Tobacco-free public spaces

Tobacco-free public places means that ALL indoor workplaces and indoor public places should be 100% smoke-free.

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Statistics and figures

By 2030 70% of tobacco-related deaths will be in developing countries

Tobacco use in the Eastern Mediterranean Region