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For its first seminar, the Anti-Smoking International Alliance (ASIA) invited on April 18 international speakers for a meeting in Dubai, at the World Trade Center. The aim of the organization, with this seminar, was to spread awareness and knowledge about the disadvantages of smoking and the negative habits associated with them that affects individuals, families and societies as a whole in addition to the unnecessary expenses.

The seminar was held under the motto: “Together we combat smoking for our generation & the next generations”.

“A number of interesting topics about this unhealthy habit and the consequences on individual’s health”, according to the organizers

Dr. Mohammed Al Houqani, pulmonologist and Assistant Professor at the United Arab Emirates University said “The harm caused by smoking e-cigarettes is much worse than traditional smoking” and added “e-cigarettes, initially, were introduced as a way to reduce smoking and by time quit, but unfortunately it is used now as a tool to promote smoking.

“Until now, we don’t know exactly what the chemical components of the E-cigarettes are and we assume that there is significant harm that have not been discovered yet” said the physician and researcher who insisted on the more than “45 poisonous chemical components in addition to nicotine and multiple heavy metals that comes out of the battery”.

The researcher, also assistant dean for education and academic affairs, fully adopts WHO guidelines with respect to e-cigarettes but failed to mention that in contrast to the 45 toxicants found in e-cigarette vapor, more that 7000 toxicants and carcinogens are present in conventional cigarettes. ASIA considers e-cigarette on the same harmfulness level as smoking tobacco that “kills 6 million individual annually” according to WHO, as recalled in his Welcome Note, the Chairman Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani.

Welcome Note, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani Chairman, Antismoking International Alliance
Welcome Note, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani
Chairman, Antismoking International Alliance

Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani also explained that “imposing strict rules and regulations is not the only approach to eliminate this unhealthy habit, we should also join our efforts to spread awareness and educate the society about the consequences of smoking”.

"The Role of Dubai Police in Combating Smoking and Addiction", Dr. Juma Sultan Alshamsi, Lt. Colonel, Head of Awareness & Precaution Department of the General Department of Anti-Narcotics, Dubai Police
“The Role of Dubai Police in Combating Smoking and Addiction”, Dr. Juma Sultan Alshamsi, Lt. Colonel, Head of Awareness & Precaution Department of the General Department of Anti-Narcotics, Dubai Police
“Combating Smoking” – Success Stories by Ministry of Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, His Excellency Dr. Ali M. Alwadey, Supervisor General, Tobacco Control Program, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Suadi Arabia

Speakers and members, at the term of the seminar, acknowledged a list of recommendations that includes banning e-cigarettes and to stop all advertisement that promote them.

E-cigarette is illegal in Dubai

Public health experts have said that e-cigarette undermines the country’s anti-smoking efforts. Furthermore, they are concerned that e-cigarettes could increase nicotine addiction and encourage tobacco use in the younger population. The United Arab Emirates health ministry considers the e-cigarette a tobacco product or a way of promoting smoking but not a solution to control smoking.

The sale of e-cigarettes is banned because national experts are not convinced of their safety. E-cigarette specialist K. Farsalinos however urges politicians and regulators to act by asking experts to provide them with a balanced and comprehensive overview of the currently available evidence, “because all decisions should be science-based and oriented towards public health benefit rather than harm”.

  • cmknight

    More harmful than smoking … That must be why my health has improved over the past 4 years, and my latest x-rays show that I have the lungs of a non-smoker. I used to smoke 3 packs a day. I guess I’ll take Dubai off my bucket list of places to visit.

  • Robert Innes

    Did you know that second hand vapour is so toxic and so dangerous that grains of sand which had drifted up to the moon from the Middle East and brought back by astronauts were found to be coated with nicotine in such concentrations that children looking at the moon could suffer eye damage … Or, treating the above comments by Dr. Mohammed Al Houqani with the contempt they deserve.

  • Helen Damnation ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Wow, my goodness. A lot of horse pucky in one place, from one so-called Doctor.

  • Larry Gall

    O.K., there’s a lot going on here, so bear with me. Aside from the United Arab Emirates being a hotbed of medical research lol… here goes:
    1)- This sounds like Marijuana being a Schedule 1 drug in the U.S., right next to Heroin and Crystal Meth. (this is what happens when you substitute politicians for doctors).
    2)- (e-cigs) “now as a tool to promote smoking” Really? That implies intent. Anyway, I was smoking 2 packs a day for 17 yrs, then switched to e-cigs… 5 yrs ago! Now I can’t stand to be near people smoking tobacco.
    3)- “Until now, we don’t know exactly what the chemical components of the
    E-cigarettes are and we assume that there is significant harm that have
    not been discovered yet”
    – O.K., “Until Now” implies that “now” we do, however, “we assume that there is significant harm that have
    not been discovered yet” implies that this guy is making it up as he goes along and is just short of lying outright.
    4)- “multiple heavy metals that comes out of the battery”. – I’ll have to remember that next time I smoke a battery.
    5)- WHO-“45 toxicants found in e-cigarette vapor, more that 7000 toxicants and carcinogens are present in conventional cigarettes” – Yes, 45 terrible toxins from 4 ingredients (maybe) …and ONLY 7000 toxins from countless unknown ingredients.. sure, they’re more toxic than cigs, sure.
    5)- “because all decisions should be science-based and oriented towards public health benefit rather than harm” – Well he should certainly be taking his own advice, unfortunately, he’s not.
    There’s more to be said about this, such as big-tobacco wanting to either squash these e-cig makers, buy them, or patent troll them to death, but if one of them paid these numbskulls to write this non-sensical article they should really be ashamed of themselves.