A Role for Islam in Tobacco Control Policy

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  • Title: A Role for Islam in Tobacco Control Policy: Public Health Services Implications
  • Author(s): Khaled Alturki, Ahmed Hamza
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies
  • Keywords: Tobacco Control, Islam, Public Health
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2327-0071 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2481 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-0071/CGP/v13i01/1-12
  • Citation: Alturki, Khaled , and Ahmed Hamza. 2018. "A Role for Islam in Tobacco Control Policy: Public Health Services Implications." The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies 13 (1): 1-12. doi:10.18848/2327-0071/CGP/v13i01/1-12.
  • Extent: 12 pages

Abstract

This article argues the case for the involvement of Islamic religious authorities in the wider context of tobacco control policies. It argues that Islam has the potential to contribute to efforts to combat smoking, acting as one sector of civil society to support the strategies outlined in the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In the absence of an evidence base, the authors contend that Islam should not be allocated a determining or driving role in the implementation of tobacco control measures. Instead, its potential to support such measures should be specified and clarified, with the aim of establishing clear guidelines as to how Islamic leaders can support the smoking cessation efforts of health administrators and practitioners. The article aims to clarify the role of Muslim authorities, to identify how that role might be strengthened, and to suggest how confusion and lack of knowledge is presently weakening the influence of Islam in persuading devotees not to initiate or to quit smoking habits.