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Smoking in Lebanon

The trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in the Lebanon has been slightly downwards, driven by women's reducing smoking rates. In 2000 the prevalence was estimated to be 36.5%; this decreased to 33% in 2015, with a projection to stay at roughly the same level by 2025. The prevalence for men's smoking increased from just under 40% to just over 40% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase further to over 42% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. Women's smoking during the same period decreased from 33% in 2000, to 26% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to 25% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates are not age standardised, and were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

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January 21, 2020 by

Lebanon City Council to discuss proposal to increase legal tobacco age to 21

Lebanon soon could raise its minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 under a new ordinance proposed by Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and public safety officials.

The proposal comes even as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month increased the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally. The change took effect when President Donald Trump signed a budget deal Dec. 20. The proposal for Lebanon also would require those purchasing tobacco — including cigarettes, e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco — to be at least 21 years old.

July 19, 2018 by

Use of nicotine during pregnancy may increase risk of sudden infant death syndrome

Nicotine exposure during pregnancy, whether from smoking cigarettes, or nicotine patches and e-cigarettes, increases risk of sudden infant death syndrome -- sometimes known as "cot death" -- according to new research published in the Journal of Physiology. [...] Over recent years nicotine replacement therapies, such as nicotine patches or e-cigarettes, have been prescribed to women who wish to quit smoking during their pregnancy. However these nicotine replacement therapies may not protect infants from SIDS.