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01 September, 2014

A collaborative regional workshop on tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) held by World Health Organization and King Hussein Cancer Center

The workshop is led by Dr. Fatimah El-Awa, Regional Advisor, Tobacco Free Initiative - WHO/EMR, and Dr.

Amman September 1st , 2014

The King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) -a designated collaborating center of the World Health Organization (WHO) concludes today in Amman a two-day regional technical workshop on the "Implementation of the WHO FCTC

Guidelines on Treating Tobacco Dependence (TDT)".

The workshop is led by Dr. Fatimah El-Awa, Regional Advisor, Tobacco Free Initiative - WHO/EMR, and Dr. Feras Hawari, Director,  Cancer Control Office and Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Service at KHCC.

Dr. Asem Mansour, the Director General of King Hussein Cancer Center praised "the exerted efforts by WTO and KHCC as part of the global fight against tobacco dependence." He also added "nicotine is not the only cause behind tobacco dependence. Rather a combination of behavioral patterns of habits, and emotional and psychological factors", which Dr. Mansour pointed out" adds to the complexity of such form of dependence, and multiplies the causes that has to be dealt with both at psychological and physical levels. Hence, the need for a holistic approach that takes into account all factors in order to achieve the best results in supporting smokers quit their dependence on tobacco that has serious consequences to their health".

 "In the coming few years, Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) is expected to shoulder a staggering burden of tobacco-associated non-communicable diseases, be it in the form of healthcare costs, lost productivity, or premature death. Such costs are beyond anything that regional economies handle. Despite its potential to preemptively address such threats, tobacco control -TDT in specific- is still not a national priority in most countries of the region. It is important for countries to address TDT as one component of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy that also includes public policies such as smoke-free public places and higher taxes." Said Dr. Hawari.

The workshop -bringing together practitioners and administrators from 14 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR)- aimed at assessing the status of treating tobacco dependence in EMR, and identifying country needs in light of such situational analysis. The workshop also hosted international and regional experts who shared their experiences with the audience from across the region. Building on case studies, the formed working groups have jointly developed plans for taking TDT services in countries of the region to the next level.

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More specifically, participants  worked on developing plans for strengthening implementation of FCTC guidelines in their respective countries. During the first day, the workshop trained participants on treating tobacco dependence using the WHO training module on TDT in primary care. Within working groups, participants looked at changes in the system that are necessary to introduce or strengthen TDT services within the existing primary healthcare facilities in their respective countries.

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For more information, please call: 0777650909
Hanan Mohidin - Public Relations & Media Officer- Media and Public Relations office
King Hussein Cancer Center
Email:    hmohidin@khcc.jo

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