Our Projects - Tobacco Control

Nargile Not a Way of Life

A three months project funded by World Health Organization, executed by Green Hand from October 2007 till January 2008.

Why “Nargili…Not a Way of Life”?

The black lungs, cancer and emphysema caused by smoking are the best reasons why teenagers shouldn’t start smoking, but those images don’t prevent them from picking up cigarettes, especially the minute they step into age eighteen and hence starting their university or fantasizing a dreamy life but nowadays the most frightening feature that is invading our community, in all its sectors from the poorer till the most sophisticated, is the Nargili.
Cigarette advertisement dissolves the person resistance to smoking with entertaining graphics such as the image that present smoking as fun, cool and a normal part of living the “good perfect life”. However Nargili needs no advertising and is accessible and found in almost each and every house in Lebanon. Moreover, Nargili Home Delivery is a new business in Lebanon, where its cost varies upon the area from 1 USD (the average price) to 3 USD in the most sophisticated ones.
People that are aware of the health risk behavior of smoking cigarettes do smoke Nargili, under the wrong influence that: “all the bad part of Nargili precipitates in the water”. 
One more dangerous fact, the mixed substances that are used in Nargili are not checked by the Lebanese government health research departments or any other health institutes, moreover these materials are treated as same as if it’s commonly used non harmful merchandise (as if it’s a plastic ware). Nargili is accessible by all ages and it’s socially accepted, and its cost is cheaper than any cigarette pack.
Campaigns against smoking have not revealed a clear awareness data concerning the effect of Nargili, however many researches have been achieving progressive information in this field.
We as Green Hand have participated in a research program done in the faculty of engineering at the American University of Beirut, in concern of building a machine that can collect the smoke that enters the person’s body smoking Nargili, to measure the quantity of Tar and different bad effecting chemical compounds, where our part was to sit in different cafes and measure the puff duration of different Nargili smokers. Primary results was accumulated, that one head of Nargili penetrates tar into a human body, according to the number of puffs and puffs duration, as if smoking from 7 to 13 cigarettes.
The Nargili is being highly smoked, as an average, by the teenagers and also through all ages till 70 years old and above.
With the non-negotiated fact of the direct and indirect dangerous effect of smoking, in any form or disguise presented and especially Nargili, on our health, with all these seductive features and freedom to smoke and with no enforcing legislations applied; Green Hand felt the need to undertake action and to sustain in implementing “Nargili – Not a Way of Life” Program.

The black lungs, cancer and emphysema caused by smoking are the best reasons why teenagers shouldn’t start smoking, but those images don’t prevent them from picking up cigarettes, especially the minute they step into age eighteen and hence starting their university or fantasizing a dreamy life but nowadays the most frightening feature that is invading our community, in all its sectors from the poorer till the most sophisticated, is the Nargili.

Cigarette advertisement dissolves the person resistance to smoking with entertaining graphics such as the image that present smoking as fun, cool and a normal part of living the “good perfect life”. However Nargili needs no advertising and is accessible and found in almost each and every house in Lebanon. Moreover, Nargili Home Delivery is a new business in Lebanon, where its cost varies upon the area from 1 USD (the average price) to 3 USD in the most sophisticated ones.

People that are aware of the health risk behavior of smoking cigarettes do smoke Nargili, under the wrong influence that: “all the bad part of Nargili precipitates in the water”. 

One more dangerous fact, the mixed substances that are used in Nargili are not checked by the Lebanese government health research departments or any other health institutes, moreover these materials are treated as same as if it’s commonly used non harmful merchandise (as if it’s a plastic ware). Nargili is accessible by all ages and it’s socially accepted, and its cost is cheaper than any cigarette pack.

Campaigns against smoking have not revealed a clear awareness data concerning the effect of Nargili, however many researches have been achieving progressive information in this field.

We as Green Hand have participated in a research program done in the faculty of engineering at the American University of Beirut, in concern of building a machine that can collect the smoke that enters the person’s body smoking Nargili, to measure the quantity of Tar and different bad effecting chemical compounds, where our part was to sit in different cafes and measure the puff duration of different Nargili smokers. Primary results was accumulated, that one head of Nargili penetrates tar into a human body, according to the number of puffs and puffs duration, as if smoking from 7 to 13 cigarettes.

The Nargili is being highly smoked, as an average, by the teenagers and also through all ages till 70 years old and above.

With the non-negotiated fact of the direct and indirect dangerous effect of smoking, in any form or disguise presented and especially Nargili, on our health, with all these seductive features and freedom to smoke and with no enforcing legislations applied; Green Hand felt the need to undertake action and to sustain in implementing “Nargili – Not a Way of Life” Program.

 

The project incorporated different related activities:
  • Training of trainers that included thirty different NGO members, community leaders’, social activists and health workers in Beirut and Mount Lebanon. The TOT program covered:
    1. Health and psychological Overview and Consequences of Tobacco use.
    2. Economical Overview and Consequences of Tobacco use.
    3. Legislation and Procedure of Implementation.
    4. Role of the publicity and the media in tobacco use.
    5. Role of education and culture in tobacco use.
    6. Competences, capacities, skills and roles of a public health trainer.
    7. Communication skills and preparing awareness campaigns.
  • Producing three pamphlets: one targeting women, one concerning smoking bad effects on health, one concerning passive smoking(10000 of each), in addition to a poster (1000) and a booklet covering all issues related to smoking in general and Nargili smoking in particular (5000).
  • Executing 25 lectures and workshops targeting 4750 youth, women, university students, public, and scouts. The sessions consisted of all the materials regarding the needed knowledge and procedures that should be taken into consideration, among the risk factors of smoking till smoke cessation passing through claiming for our rights in banning smoking in public areas especially Nargili and stop the duping of our community through misleading and misinformed advertising and knowledge.
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