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  • 20 - May
  • 2024

​Under the patronage of Her Highness Princess Dina Mired, the School of Medicine at the University of Jordan hosts the launch of the local report on indicators of tobacco industry intervention.​

Under the patronage of Her Highness Princess Dina Mired, the School of Medicine at the University of Jordan today hosted the launch of the fourth local report on indicators of tobacco industry interference in Jordan, in the presence of the President of the University, Professor Nazir Obaidat, representatives of the Jordanian National Anti-Smoking Society, the No Tobacco Association, a few civil society organizations, and the Ministry of Health. Several vice presidents, a group of college deans, faculty members, guests, interested parties, and students.


The report, which promises the participation of civil society organizations and under the supervision of the Global Alliance for Tobacco Control (GATC), periodically revealed Jordan's decline in performance. Their strategies aimed at distracting attention and dispersing efforts, which mandates confronting these strategies and working under the directives of His Majesty the King to protect the citizen and the future of Jordan.

In a speech she delivered, Her Highness the Princess affirmed that the interest of tobacco companies and the interest of public health and sustainable development are two opposites that never meet, expressing her dissatisfaction with the rise in the smoking rate among men to become one of the highest in the world, the increase in women's smoking tripled from 2007 to 2019, and the increase in widespread smoking products. .​

For his part, Dr. Nazir Obaidat presented a set of questions about the importance of the role of universities in developing strategies to combat tobacco through scientific research and specialized studies that provide data and evidence that support the formulation of effective policies.

Emphasizing its ongoing role in changing its academic programs, he pointed out that if the topic “Towards a Smoke-Free Jordan" is a dream; Let this dream be a goal to reach a country that is conscious and aware of the areas of right and wrong.


Dr. Muhammad Al-Imad, in his capacity as a representative of the representative of the World Health Organization in Jordan, spoke about the framework agreement launched by the organization in response to the challenges posed by the tobacco industry, in which Jordan's efforts were highlighted by joining its membership in enacting laws and instructions under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health, and in cooperation with relevant government agencies, including And private.


For his part, the Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Yasser Al-Rayyan, explained that protecting the health and safety of the people of our Jordanian society is a great responsibility that falls on the shoulders of every citizen in his place.

As academics and researchers, we cannot ignore the threat of tobacco to our societies and the extent of the negative impact that these companies play. Therefore, we must use the results of this report to strengthen our policies and efforts and enable our societies to resist the spread of tobacco.

Dr. Mary Sunta, Head of Global Research and Advocacy at the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, said that the Global Tobacco Industry Intervention Index is a useful call to identify both progress and gaps in national efforts to implement Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention.

For her part, engineer Mawiya Al-Zawawi from the Global Coalition for Tobacco Control pointed out the dominance of tobacco companies in protecting their interests at the expense of human health, citing the movie “Insider," which provided dangerous information about the tobacco industry and the methods these companies follow to suppress those who try to reveal their secrets and expose their crimes.

The president of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations, University of Jordan branch, student Aseel Nawafleh, said that the Federation is aware of the devastating impact of tobacco on public health, and the losses it inflicts on societies, hoping that this report will not remain a dead letter; It exposes the deceptive tactics used by tobacco companies to undermine public health efforts.

In conclusion, a dialogue session was held moderated by Engineer Wissam Qarqash from the Jordanian National Anti-Smoking Society, in which the Secretary of the No Tobacco Society, Dr. Larissa Al-War, Ms. Tammam Naimat from the Cancer Control Office, and Engineer Muhammad Anis participated, to present details about the results of the report.


The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in Basic Departments Office - College of Medicine