This project will address the knowledge gap in the economics of waterpipe tobacco smoking in the eastern Mediterranean region. This multi-country project involves four-institution collaboration across Lebanon, the West Bank, Egypt, and Jordan to generate critically needed information on the increasing popularity and rate of waterpipe smoking, and model the economic impact of fiscal policies on tobacco control. The project team will present this economic evidence in a format that can be used by policymakers to strengthen the coherence and coverage of tobacco control policies in the region to improve population health and contribute to public revenues.

PI: Niveen Abu-Rmeileh

Research team: Sameera Awawdeh