Tobacco Control Research, Dissemination and Networking in Lebanon

The Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), University of Beirut (AUB), is a multidisciplinary team of professionals from the health sciences, medicine, chemistry and engineering departments. The Group was established in 1999 with IDRC support and has since produced some remarkable research on waterpipe (narghile) smoking. The research findings have been extensively published in peer-reviewed journals, but disseminating the findings to non-scientific audiences such as policymakers, nongovernmental organizations and the general public has been more challenging.

This project will address that challenge by setting up a website and an Arabic clearinghouse for tobacco control research, issuing newsletters and policy briefs, and targeting various media, with a view to promoting the translation of research into policy.

The project will also attempt to address another challenge. While there are a number of tobacco control researchers in the region, agenda coordination and information sharing has not been optimal between them. TCRG will therefore initiate and support a regional network of tobacco control researchers in order to build a common agenda and set research priorities that will contribute to expanding the evidence base on tobacco control in the region. Such a network will enrich the research process, provide collegial support and intellectual stimulation for members across countries, promote the development of multi-country research projects, and help eliminate duplication of effort. 12110

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Project status


Start Date

Monday, February 1, 2010

End Date

Friday, November 1, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

Leppan, Wardie

Total funding

CA$ 207,600


Lebanon, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Dr. Rima Nakkash


American University of Beirut

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