The Joint US-Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies

A Recapitulation of its activities led by its chief investigators: 

Wasim MAZIAK, Kenneth WARD and Thomas EISSENBERG

>> The joint US-Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies is “a model of international partnership for the creation of sustainable research capacity in developing countries”(Promot Educ. 2004;11(2):93-7, 116, 134).


FUNDING: about 2 million $ for the 2002-2007 period. About the same amount for 2007-2012

LOGOTYPE (a narghile...):

MAIN ACTIVITIES: ""Waterpipe"" smoking, as the above logotype shows...

“Tobacco research centers, with waterpipe research as one of their primary objectives, have been established recently in Egypt (Egyptian Smoking Prevention Research Institute) and Syria (Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies).” SOURCE: Neergaard J, Singh P, Job J, Montgomery S. Waterpipe smoking and nicotine exposure: A review of the current evidence. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Oct;9(10):987-94.

Therefore and despite the repeated denegation by Wasim Maziak, Thomas Eissenberg and Kenneth Ward over the past years, the primary objective of these studies is actually ““waterpipe””, a priority all the more suspect that the prevalence ratio between cigarette and ““waterpipe”” smoking  is at least 1 to 3 in the Middle East and much lower elsewhere in the world…

KEY DOCUMENT: the centre prepared the WHO Erroneous report on ““waterpipe”” tobacco smoking”

The joint US-Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies (chief investigators: Wasim MAZIAK, Kenneth WARD and Thomas EISSENBERG) has published two papers on ““waterpipe”” “passive smoking” [12][13]. The last one was published in NTR (Nicotine and Tobacco Research), a journal supposed to be “peer-reviewed” despite huge errors regularly published in its columns [14]. Its abstract concludes that “policymakers considering clean air regulations should include waterpipe tobacco smoking, and the public should be warned about this source of smoke exposure” [13].

It must be clear that the objective of all these studies is, in conformity with the WHO Tobacco-Free Earth geo-political agenda, to provide a ““scientific” “basis”” for policy makers which will allow them to implement prohibitive measures even when side-stream smoke is inexistent [6].

Dr Wasim MAZIAK, the head of the US-Syrian Centre who, publicly declared on the eve of the Smoking Ban in the United Kingdom (July 2007), declared that 1 Hookah Equals 200 Cigarettes [16]



[12] Maziak W, Ali RA, Fouad MF, Rastam S, Wipfli H, Travers MJ, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Exposure to secondhand smoke at home and in public places in Syria: a developing country's perspective.Inhal Toxicol. 2008 Jan;20(1):17-24.< xml="true" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" prefix="o" namespace="">

[13] Maziak W, Rastam S, Ibrahim I, Ward KD, Eissenberg T. Waterpipe-associated particulate matter emissions. Nicotine Tob Res. 2008 Mar;10(3):519-23.

[14] Letter (17 Jan 2008) to David Balfour, Editor in Chief of the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal, about serious scientific error in: Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Gray JN, Srinivas V, Wilson N, Maziak W. Characteristics of U.S. waterpipe users: A preliminary report. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Dec;9(12):1339-46.

[15] Communique : Tout ce que vous ne pouviez pas savoir sur le livre de Bertrand DAUTZENBERG (président de l’OFT [Office Français du Tabagisme]) et Jean-Yves NAU (journaliste au journal Le Monde): «Tout ce que vous ne savez pas sur la chicha» (Ed Margaux-orange/OFT, mai 2007)(8 juin 2007).  

[16] Communiqué : One Hookah Would Equal 200 Cigarettes and European “Colonialism” (sic!) Would Now Be the Cause of the Hookah (Shisha, Narghile) Catastrophe ? (22-25 April 2007)



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