Hikma Pharmaceuticals awarded “Smoke-Free Zone” Certificate

Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Jordan’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturer, was recently awarded the “Smoke-Free Zone” Certificate, by the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center (KHCF/KHCC). The certificate was awarded during a ceremony held under the patronage of HRH Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) and in the presence of HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director General of KHCF, in recognition of Hikma’s efforts in prohibiting smoking in their premises. The certification program, an initiative by HRH Princess Dina was launched with support from the Global Smoke-free Worksite Challenge (GSWC). During the ceremony, Hikma Pharmaceuticals representatives signed a wall asking the government to start implementing Health Law 47/2008 article 54 which bans indoor smoking in public places.

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Previously, Hikma was chosen to be a member of the Global Smoke-free Partnership (GSP) a global partnership dedicated to promoting effective smoke-free air policies worldwide, for implementing smoke-free worksite policies in all its premises worldwide since 1994. It has been featured by GSP and the Cancer Control Office of the KHCC in the “Smoke-free-in-a-Box” toolkit.

Mrs. Hana Ramadan, Vice President of Corporate Communication at Hikma Pharmaceuticals, said, “As a multinational healthcare company, it is our duty to spread awareness of the dire consequences of direct and second hand smoking to people’s health, as it is the leading cause of cancer which is widespread in our community. We are keen to ensuring a healthy smoke-free work place, and to ensure every person’s right to breathing clean fresh air.  Hikma’s Corporate Responsibility strategy revolves around two broad themes, wellbeing and education. The right of individuals to breathe clean air is a main pillar of wellbeing. Hikma has been a pioneer in establishing and promoting a healthy smoke-free environment, and its experience has been adopted as a benchmark to share best practice and encourage others to adopt smoke-free policies”.

About the Author: Hana D. Ramadan is the Vice President of Corporate Communication at Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Jordan. Hikma Pharmaceuticals is a fast growing multinational group focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing a broad range of both branded and non-branded generic and in-licensed products.