Syrian Arab Republic – WHO Representative urges stronger tobacco control in Syria
1 June 2016 – Notwithstanding the current crisis in the country, Ms Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative to Syria, has stressed the urgency for controlling tobacco and shisha consumption among the population – especially among youths, women and teenage school children.Speaking at the World No Tobacco Day 2016 event, Hoff said that tobacco and shisha consumption endangers the health and future life of smokers and people around them.
(……)The Syria Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Ahmad Khlefawy, stated that Syria was one of the first countries to sign the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and endorse a ban on public smoking in an effort to control consumption. He added that the current crisis cannot be an excuse for Syrians to endanger their lives. He appreciated WHO for its humanitarian support to the Syrian people across the country since the beginning of the crisis. The event featured presentation of poems, essays, and cartoon drawing by youths and school children to reflect the harmful effect of tobacco consumption.