The conference showcased the synergistic action of the different facets of tobacco control. Smoking cessation had a high profile since very low prevalence will not be achieved without increasing quit-rates among current smokers. The conference organisers took to heart the inequitable distribution of smoking prevalence. Consequently presentations, workshops, and even the politicians’ panel, referred to action to address smoking rates among Australian aboriginal peoples, New Zealand Maori, Pacific Island peoples, mental health services users, pregnant women and others.
In much of the world, diners rely on the broad availability of smoke-free dining options, even though legislation protecting the right to breathe clean air is relatively new. In Jordan, this is not the case. Although the national Public Health Law 47 passed in 2008 prohibits smoking in public places, its smoke-free provision is not comprehensive and it lacks a clear mechanism or staffing provision for enforcement. As a result, visitors to most restaurants, hotel lobbies, and other public places in Jordan cannot avoid being engulfed in copious clouds of noxious smoke from cigarettes as well as the ubiquitous waterpipes, or “shisha”.