According to media gulf-times reported on January 21, at the Qatar Central Municipal Council meeting, the Hamad Medical Group (HMC) team was invited to showcase their remarkable results in tobacco control, including the work of the Tobacco Control Center and "Build a Smoke-free Parliament Hall" initiative to continue Hamad Hospital's efforts in the fight against smoking.
The team is led by Dr. Ahmed Mohammed al-Mulla, director of Hamad Medical Group’s Tobacco Control Center, which is accredited by the World Health Organization. Their team members include Dr. Maha al-Muhannadi, Dr. Jamal Basehi and Noor El Nakib. At the Central Municipal Council meeting, they discussed with the city government ways of working together to improve the effectiveness of anti-smoking efforts and supporting the "Together for a Smoke-free Parliament Hall" initiative.
The activities of the "Together for a Smoke-free Parliament Hall" program are carried out within the framework of the Central Municipal Council and aim to discuss how the problem of smoking can be tackled in the country. On behalf of Hamad Medical Group, Dr. Mulla briefed the participating Municipal Council members and Secretariat on Hamad Hospital’s journey in smoking control, as well as the Tobacco Control Center’s vision, treatment methods and facilities provided. He also provides statistics on the harmful effects of smoking on society worldwide and discusses the health benefits of quitting smoking.
Dr Mulla further pointed out that more than 25.2% of the country’s adults aged 18 and above are daily tobacco users, necessitating the need for more awareness campaigns by the Tobacco Control Centre. He emphasized that tobacco control services are the result of community efforts. The center first introduced smoking cessation services in 1999 and received tobacco control certification from the World Health Organization in 2017, becoming the first in the country.
The Chairman of the Central Municipal Council expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Tobacco Control Center of Hamad Medical Group, and members of the Municipal Council expressed their readiness to support the “Together for a Tobacco-Free Parliament Hall” initiative. The president also presented a commemorative plaque in recognition of the center's contribution to smoking control.