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



Awan KH, Hussain QA, Khan S, Peeran SW, Hamam MK, Hadlaq EA, Bagieh HA.


Saudi Dent J. 2018 Jan;30(1):13-18. doi: 10.1016/j.sdentj.2017.08.003. Epub 2017 Sep 23.


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.

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Link/DOI: 10.1016/j.sdentj.2017.08.003