Lecture – The Waterpipe: A Cultural Pastime or a Public Health Threat?
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Intercontinental Hotel Auditorium
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The waterpipe is a centuries-old element of Middle Eastern culture that
has witnessed a recent resurgence in popularity especially among Arab
youth. This popularity is commonly associated with a misperception that
the waterpipe is less harmful and less addictive than the cigarette.
Recent evidence from research conducted mostly in the Middle East shows
that waterpipe smoking is addictive and associated with several health
risks. It also demonstrates that waterpipe smoking can thwart smoking
cessation efforts by cigarette smokers, as well as lead to cigarette
smoking in tobacco-naïve youth. Dissemination of such knowledge to the
public and policy makers is instrumental in starting to respond to the
waterpipe epidemic among youth in the Middle East.
Speaker: Wasim Maziak, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Florida International University
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