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29 January 2019

Dr Al-Lawati from Oman receives RD’s special award for 2018

29 January 2019 – WHO selected Dr Jawad Al-Lawati, Senior Consultant at the Ministry of Health in Oman to receive the Regional Director’s Special Award for 2018 at a regional workshop in Oman from 21 to 23 January 2019. The award was handed over to Dr Al-Lawati by H.E. Dr...

17 December 2018

Saudi Arabia adopts plain packaging on tobacco products: A groundbreaking step for tobacco control

17 December 2018 – The Saudi Food and Drug Authority has informed manufacturers and importers of tobacco products to get ready for applying plain packaging on all forms of tobacco products. This step was done in close collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, and in line...

13 June 2018

Professor Masjedi from Iran receives World No Tobacco Day 2018 award

11 June 2018 – WHO selected Professor Mohammad Reza Masjedi Secretary-General of the Iranian Anti-Tobacco Association and Tobacco Control Research as one of six winners of the World No Tobacco Day award for 2018, initiated by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. The award was handed over by Dr Christoph...

24 July 2017

Implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the MPOWER measures to reduce tobacco use

25 July 2017 – Tobacco use is an epidemic that kills more than 7 million people a year worldwide. In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 38% of men and 4% of women (21% of adults on average) smoke tobacco. In some of our countries, however, the proportion of smokers can be...

23 July 2017

Tobacco scenes in films and TV programmes should be rated as they entice young people to smoke

15 July 2017 – Children and young people are regularly exposed to scenes in which celebrities, even those known to be non-smokers, are shown unnecessarily smoking or holding unlit cigarettes or electronic cigarettes, giving the message that they are deliberately promoting tobacco. The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on...

20 July 2017

Advisory note on waterpipe tobacco smoking: second edition

20 July 2017 – Waterpipe tobacco smoking (shisha) is increasing globally, and is especially prevalent in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Young people are particularly at risk. Smoking rates can reach 42% among boys and 31% among girls in this Region. This includes smoking shisha, which is more popular among young...