Gulf tobacco control committee meets

February 14, 2019

The Gulf Committee for Tobacco Control, derived from the GCC Health Council, convened on Wednesday its first meeting at the City Seasons Hotel Muscat. 

‏The sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Health (MoH), is hosting the two-day meeting. ‏The committee met in the presence of H E Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, MoH’s Undersecretary for Health Affairs, and Sulaiman al Dakheel, general manager of the Gulf Health Council for Cooperation Council States along with Dr Said bin Harib al Lamki, director general of Primary Healthcare and member of the Executive Body of the Health Council.

Dr Lamki pointed out that the Gulf Health Council has taken all necessary steps to protect nations from the scourge of tobacco use.

He added that the GCC states adopted the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) and worked hard to implement its articles. ‏He said, “It is important that the GCC countries adopt a national and gulf epidemiological surveillance system for tobacco use to monitor the relevant social, economic and health indicators, promote the health, social and economic researches in this field, as well as implementing the national and gulf strategies and plans for tobacco control.” ‏

H E Dr Hosni, who is the chairman of National Committee for Tobacco Control, praised the efforts exerted by the GCC states for tobacco control and for the proper measures that have been taken such as raising tariffs, health education, boycotting tobacco companies, and setting up national committees for tobacco control.