Under the patronage of HRH Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center, the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) will hold the First Eastern Mediterranean Summit on Tobacco Dependence Treatment in Amman, Jordan on November 5th and 6th, 2017. The summit will engage more than 300 healthcare providers from 15 countries from across the region, and will host regional speakers in addition to global experts who have had an influence in developing and strengthening tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) around the world.
The summit will address several themes, including factors influencing the supply and demand for TDT service, the role of TDT in managing and controlling non-communicable diseases, behavioral interventions and medications utilized in TDT, and opportunities for TDT research in the region.
The summit comes as a collaborative effort between long-term partners, namely; KHCC, Global Bridges, the World Health Organization, and the Jordanian Thoracic Society.
HRH Princess Ghida Talal said in her speech: "Despite our painful history of smoking and its obvious control over successive generations, I believe that solutions exist, that our motivation is strong and that we must take the decision to eliminate the phenomenon of smoking and addiction."
Dr. Asem Mansour, Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Center, said: “This conference is the first of its kind at the regional and local levels. It aims to create spaces and opportunities for exchanging experiences for stakeholders from different Arab and regional countries and local health sectors.”
Dr. Firas Al Hawari, President of the summit and Director of the Cancer Control Office at the King Hussein Cancer Center, said: “The conference is the fruit of cooperation between several local and international bodies.” He pointed out that the importance of the conference stems from the fact that the treatment of tobacco addiction is one of the most important global tobacco control policies.