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Accomplishments and challenges in tobacco control endeavors – report from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries

Awan, Kamran H., Hussain, Quratul Ann, Khan, Shahrukh, Peeran, Syed Wali, Hamam, Magdy Khaled, Hadlaq, Emad Al and Bagieh, Hamad Al 2018, Accomplishments and challenges in tobacco control endeavors – report from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Saudi dental journal, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 13-18, doi: 10.1016/j.sdentj.2017.08.003.

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Title Accomplishments and challenges in tobacco control endeavors – report from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries
Author(s) Awan, Kamran H.
Hussain, Quratul Ann
Khan, ShahrukhORCID iD for Khan, Shahrukh orcid.org/0000-0002-6695-4013
Peeran, Syed Wali
Hamam, Magdy Khaled
Hadlaq, Emad Al
Bagieh, Hamad Al
Journal name Saudi dental journal
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 13
End page 18
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2018-01
ISSN 1013-9052
Keyword(s) Cessation
GCC
Public policy
Surveillance and monitoring
Tobacco control
Summary © 2017 The Authors Objectives To review the tobacco governance and national responsibility for control, and existing countering measures to reduce the tobacco use among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states. Methods We reviewed the data in regards to tobacco control efforts and difficulties encountered during implementation of the policies for all the GCC member states from the respective country profile in the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic. Also, we utilized the measures outlined in the FCTC's MPOWER package to not only assess the degree of national commitment, but also compare it against the level of significance that the legislatures give to this matter. Results We observed that there have been genuine advancements towards tobacco control in the GCC member states over the past few years. All the countries except Bahrain have national offices committed to tobacco control and 5 nations (excluding Oman) have dedicated support services for smoking cessation accessible to the general public. Similarly, majority of the member states have implemented a national-level ban on tobacco advertisement through national media cells as well as free dissemination of marketing material. Conclusion Application and implementation of measures outline in the MPOWER package, formulation and enforcement of sturdy laws on tobacco control, and development of infrastructure and trained workforce are fundamental to manage and reinforce tobacco control measures in the GCC region.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.sdentj.2017.08.003
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30129258

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