Posted on October 14, 2014

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) will host the Second International Conference on Water-pipe Tobacco Smoking Research from 26 - 27 October. The conference is being organized by HMC’s Smoking Cessation Clinic in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, the American University in Beirut, and the New York University.

The latest international studies and research findings will be discussed during the conference, and participants will have the opportunity to engage further in water-pipe tobacco smoking research. Information on how tobacco smoking affects the smoker’s health will also be presented. HMC Head of Smoking Cessation Clinic, Dr. Ahmed Al Mulla (pictured), said over 100 consultants and specialists from Qatar and abroad are expected to attend.

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Lecturers at the conference include Dr. Hajar Ahmad Hajar, Health Affairs Consultant to HH the Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and Dr. Tawfiq Bin Ahmad Khowja, Director-General of the Executive Board of the GCC Health Ministers’ Council. Other speakers include consultants from the World Health Organization (WHO) and United States-based National Cancer Institute as well as researchers from the United States, United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Malaysia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, and Morocco.

A specialized workshop, which will review research methods in the field of smoking cessation, particularly water-pipe shisha smoking, will be held on October 25 to set the tone for the conference, said Dr. Al Mulla. He also mentioned HMC’s plans to take part in the Sixteenth International Conference for Smoking Cessation, under the theme: “Smoking or Health?”, to be held in Abu Dhabi in March 2015. The three-yearly conference, hosted by the WHO, is the first of its kind in the Arab world.