Posted on October 04, 2018

The State of Qatar participated in the eighth international conference of the Parties to the WHO Convention on Tobacco Control, which is currently held in Geneva and will continue until Saturday.

The conference will discuss several topics, foremost of which is the formation of a medium-term strategic framework to define the actions of the parties to the convention over the next five years in the fight against the tobacco. A delegation of the Ministry of Public Health and the Tobacco Control Center at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) represents Qatar in the conference.

The Head of the HMC Tobacco Control Center and the Adviser to the Minister of Public Health and member of the delegation, Dr Ahmad Al Mulla, said that WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is a treaty adopted by the World Health Assembly at its 56th meeting in 2003, it was adopted under Article 19 of the WHO Constitution. He pointed out that the State of Qatar took several procedures to limit the spread of the tobacco, including banning smoking in public places, preventing the marketing of chewing tobacco, Dokha and electronic cigarettes, preventing the sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 18, placing warning pictures on tobacco packages and preventing the advertising of tobacco products in the media.

The Ministry of Public Health issued the national tobacco control plan 2016-2015, which is based on WHO policy, which seeks to promote the prevention of the impact of smoking on children and young people and to improve the chances of quitting smoking and increase the places without smoking. The Ministry’s plan 2018-2022 included ways to reduce the rate of smoking in Qatar. Recently, HMC inaugurated the first of its kind centre in the region that is responsible for all anti-smoking, awareness-raising and therapeutic activities and the implementation of studies, research and training related to the fight against smoking. The centre is accredited by the WHO.

source: The Peninsula