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Kingdom chairs GCC talks on tobacco control mechanism

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia presided over the GCC annual regional meeting on the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Bahrain recently.
The two-day meeting discussed the mechanism of dealing with tobacco control within the non-communicable diseases, Ali Al-Wadi’i, secretary-general of the National Commission in Tobacco Control, said.
The discussions were held according to WHO and the executive body of the Council of Health Ministers of the GCC, he said.
Wadi’i, who is also the general supervisor of the anti-smoking program at the Saudi Health Ministry, cited the Kingdom’s initiative to activate the new media and the latest means of social communication in the field of tobacco control through cooperation of committee members.
This will be undertaken by broadcasting periodically awareness messages on the ill-effects of tobacco.
It will also be a visual presentation about the Health Ministry’s experience in providing free services and therapeutic awareness on tobacco cessation through 90 fixed and mobile clinics in various areas.
Al-Wadi’i stressed the need for a commissioned working group to develop a mechanism to monitor the sale of shisha electronic cigarette through various social networking sites.

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