3.3.6.University policy 'Smoke-free'

The Lebanese University issued several circulars including Circular No. 18 prohibiting smoking inside the building, pursuant to the Anti-Smoking Law issued by the public authorities and smoking was restricted to open areas and spaces defined for that. The Lebanese moderate weather does not necessitate designated closed areas for smoking.

Circular No. 18 prohibiting smoking

The circular determines that:

The Lebanese University (LU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have concluded a cooperation agreement to make the Central Administration a smoke-free building.

Therefore, all employees and persons present in the Central Administration are required not to smoke inside the building and in its external areas.

In addition to the Circular that the University has and taking into account that smoking is considered an epidemic and an important threat to public health facing the world, recognizing that tobacco dependence is the main preventable cause of illness and death. For this, some activities have also been developed such as:

  • With the support of WHO Lebanon and the Ministry of Public Health, “Al Riaya” institution with “Wa Baaden” team launched a project “Toward smoke-free universities” in 12 universities in Saida. The Lebanese University and the University of Saint Joseph were among the participating universities.

Toward smoke-free universities

Tents were set in the participating universities where the team members explained the objectives of the smoke-free competition and provided information to the students on smoking harm. Five universities were declared “smoke-free” at the end of the project.

Similarly, the university is governed by Lebanon's smoke-free law, which determines. Lebanon ratified the FCTC in 2005, but until 2011, tobacco control policies remained rudimentary and not evidence-based. Beginning in 2009, a concerted advocacy campaign was undertaken by a variety of stakeholders with the aim of accelerating the process of adopting a strong tobacco control policy. The campaign was successful, and Law 174 passed the Lebanese Parliament in August 2011.

The passage of tobacco control law 174 in Lebanon: reflections on the problem, policies and politics

Smoke Free Places

Smoking is prohibited in nearly all enclosed public places, enclosed workplaces, and public transport. However, the law allows hotels to designate 20 percent of their room capacity as smoking rooms. Outdoor areas of health, education, and sports facilities must also be smoke-free. In this case, the University must be a smoke-free place.

Smoke Free Places

The following information was taken from:

Tobacco information

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

There is a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotion. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling

Tobacco product packaging must carry text-only health warnings on 40 percent of the front and back of the package. Rotation is required. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar”, is prohibited.

Cigarette Contents and Disclosures

The law does not grant the authority to regulate the contents of cigarettes. The law does not require that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authority’s information on the contents and emissions of their products.

Sales Restrictions

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products via vending machine and in schools, healthcare facilities, restaurants, nightclubs and enclosed places. The law also prohibits the sale of small packets of cigarettes. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.

E-Cigarettes

The retail sale of e-cigarettes is prohibited. The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in places where smoking is prohibited. The law prohibits the advertising and promotion of "tobacco products," which includes e-cigarettes, but permits limited forms of sponsorship.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

Law No. 174, Tobacco Control and Regulation of Tobacco Products’ Manufacturing, Packaging and Advertising, regulates smoking in public places, workplaces and public transport; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco packaging and labeling. This law replaces Law No. 394/95 and Ministerial Decision No. 1/213. Smoke free provisions went into effect immediately for all public places, workplaces and public transport, except those for restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, and other tourism venues, which went into effect one year later. The law introduced a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, which entered into force on March 1, 2012. The law increased the size of warning labels to 40 percent. The contents of the text-only health warnings were issued in Decree No. 8991, which was scheduled to enter into force in October 2013, though implementation was delayed. The packaging and labeling provisions of Law No. 174 also entered in force at that time. Decree No. 7437 was issued in January 2012 and established by-laws addressing signs at points of sale. Decree No. 8431 was issued in July 2012 and regulates the posting of "No Smoking" signs in smoke free places.

In the same way, in the Lebanese University research is carried out to analyze the effects of cigarettes on the Lebanese:

  • The paper: “Smoking social acceptability in Lebanese adults: Effect of age, gender, family influence, and residence”

S. Bou Malhab, S. Hallit, L. R. Khabbaz and P. Salameh, "Smoking social acceptability in Lebanese adults: Effect of age, gender, family influence, and residence," American Journal of preventive medicine
  • The paper: “Indoor secondhand tobacco smoke emission levels in six Lebanese cities”

G. Saade, A. B. Seidenberg, V. W. Rees and Z. Otrock, "Indoor secondhand tobacco smoke emission levels in six Lebanese cities," Tobacco control
  • The paper “Support for the smoke-free law: cross sectional study of university students in Lebanon”

Lebanese university students support for smoking ban law

This study explores the level of support of Lebanese university students to the smoke-free law adopted in Lebanon. The first part is a principal component analysis leading to a support score and the second part is an analysis of the results on support and its determinants.

  • The paper “Cigarette and Waterpipe Smoking are Associated with the Risk of Stroke in Lebanon”

M. El-Hajj, P. Salameh, S. Rachidi, A. Al-Hajje and H. Hosseini, "Cigarette and Waterpipe Smoking are Associated with the Risk of Stroke in Lebanon," Journal of epidemiology and global health,