UNRWA premises in Jordan go 100% smoke free

By Rawan Shihab

Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, Director of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, an event held at the agency’s field office in Amman, Jordan, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) announced going 100% smoke free in all its premises from schools to clinics and offices.

This initiative came as a continuum for their efforts since 2006 in banning smoking inside buildings and UNRWA vehicles, and now they are planning on extending the policy to reach even outside buildings. This will aim in providing a smoke free environment to the Palestine refugees who use the services of UNRWA at schools, health centers, community centers and all other UNRWA buildings. According to the policy employees who violate these procedures will undergo strict penalties. This will also, be applied on visitors inside all UNRWA facilities.

Roger Davies, director of UNRWA operations in Jordan, who announced the initiative, described tobacco as “probably the worst epidemic in the world today.”

Speakers at the event emphasized the importance of educating the public specially youth about the harms of smoking.

HRH Princess Dina Mired, director general of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation congratulated UNRWA for this initiative and how this policy will help in saving lives and protecting the youth pressuring the fact that it is important to empower non-smokers to help enforce the low and encourage smokers to quit.

A member from UNRWA shared his success story in quitting smoking and expressed his feelings of contentment by doing this step and proceeding with it encouraging others to quit.

As part of the event, plays and songs were performed by students from UNRWA schools highlighting the health effects of smoking.

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