The Tobacco Control Center at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), a certified centre for tobacco control in Qatar, recently participated in a virtual session hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss tobacco use during COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants stressed the importance of sustaining the ban on shisha in public places to protect the public and to achieve the goal to reduce tobacco smoking by 30% by 2025.
The session discussed the importance of establishing policies that prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco during the pandemic. Participants exchanged views on effective methods and steps to control tobacco use and to establish an appropriate plan for members of the Middle East and North Africa countries, regarding the prohibition of smoking shisha.
The session witnessed the participation of international and regional experts from WHO and from other organisations in the region and from around the world. Also present were tobacco control officials from Qatar, as well as tobacco control advocates from academic institutions and the community.
No to smoking shisha in public places
The state of Qatar was among the first countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to ban the use of shisha in public places as a measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The Tobacco Control Center also continues to provide services to help individuals wishing to quit smoking – providing treatment and psychological support even during the pandemic, through telephone consultations.
The services of the Tobacco Control Center at HMC is open to all smokers who wish to quit the habit. For enquiries, call 4025 4981 or 5080 0959. You can also visit hamad.qa for more information.
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