A National Program for Tobacco control was established in 1997 in Lebanon as a joint program between the Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization. Since 2009 this program has been mainly sustained by the “Bloomberg Global Initiative” to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries.

The National Tobacco Control Program came as a result of the Lebanese Republic signing the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, to counter the increasing prevalence of smoking in Lebanon, as well as to reduce the burden of tobacco-related diseases, including their impact on human health and economy.