Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Every third person over 20 years old smokes in the GCC  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 25/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Tobacco use is a serious problem in the Gulf with every third person over the age of 20 smoking. Experts at a conference in the Capital on Wednesday attributed this to tobacco companies shifting their investment to the region as a result of effective anti-tobacco campaigns in the US and Europe



"The situation is very serious for tobacco users in the GCC. We have seen in the past 10 years that the GCC has been targeted by the tobacco industry as an alternative solution for their use and consumption," stated Professor Tawfik Khoja, director-general of the executive board, Heath Ministers Council for the Cooperation Council at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



Citing a United Nations report in 2009 on youth consumption of tobacco, Professor Khoja said Yemen was ranked first among the Arab countries and internationally, while Lebanon came second



At the GCC level, Saudi Arabia is the first with 22 per cent of its young people smoking. Kuwait is second at 17.5 per cent, UAE 12.3 per cent, Bahrain 10.2 per cent, Oman 7 per cent and Qatar 6.2 per cent



"The mean age of those starting to smoke in the GCC is 13.8, so this means between the ages of 15 and 19, almost 20 per cent of are smoking



Speaking on the second day of the first Arabian Gulf Public Health Research Conference, hosted by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), he noted that prevalence of smoking among the youth in these countries is increasing from 13 to 15 years and consumption among the male youth is around 29 per cent



According to Dr Wedad Al Maidoor, director of Public Health at the Dubai Health Centres and head of Tobacco Control Team at the Ministry of Health (MoH), tobacco is the world's leading killer, more than highly infectious diseases, killing six million people every year



"Every eighth second, a person dies due to tobacco use. And if the current trend persists, tobacco will kill one billion in the 21st century. People who smoke have death rates three times higher than those who don't smoke, and this is a great challenge.



A national health survey carried out in 2010 in the UAE showed that of the 25.4 per cent of adults tobacco users, 18 per cent are in Dubai. Among the three types of tobacco, cigarette is the most preferred with 6.24 billion sticks on average. Over 1,000 cafes all over the country offer shisha while midwakh has seen dramatic increase in consumption especially among the youth



"Our goal is to eliminate tobacco use through primary intervention, trying to reduce the burden of tobacco morbidity and mortality," Dr Al Maidoor pointed out



She noted the successful reinforcement of the bylaws of the Federal Tobacco Control Law 15/2009, on January 21 which "we were waiting for four years.



The anti-tobacco law covers the usage and sale of cigarettes, advertising and growing of tobacco. It also bans smoking in vehicles with a child younger than 12 years and is aimed at reducing smoking among youth by forbidding the sale of cigarettes to those below 18 years and at locations near schools and places of worship



Dr Mohammed Al Yamani, chairman of Naqaa' Society to Combat Smoking in Saudi Arabia, noted the importance of prevention



"Prevention of smoking is the most effective intervention by all authorities," he pointed out

 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 27 2014 - Lebanon mourns 'songbird' SabahArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) BEIRUT: Iconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday at the age of 87 after a seven-decade career and a colorful love life that kept her in the headlines until the ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Egypt drops ban on 'adults only' filmArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) CAIRO: An Egyptian court has revoked a government ban on a film by Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe that had been deemed sexually provocative judicial sources said on Wednesday.In April ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Prince vanishes from social mediaArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) NEW YORK: Prince whose distaste for the music industry's conventions is well known has abruptly disappeared from social media after tentative efforts to promote his two new ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Cumberbatch quits smokingArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) LONDON: 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed he left smoking one month back.The 38-year-old actor said staying away from cigarette is helping him stay healthy ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Dilip Kumar perfectly fine: Big BArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MUMBAI: Thespian Dilip Kumar is 'perfectly fine' says actor Amitabh Bachchan quashing rumors of the former's health scare.Social networking platforms were abuzz with rumors ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Turki Khan: Changing society one step at a timeArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Dreams ambitions and determination have no limits dedication to those three traits can take that dreamer ambition-seeker and determined young man or woman to places he or she ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Exploring fine art through pencilArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Eman Al-Qahtani is a successful talented and ambitious young Saudi artist. She combines thoughts and colors in her paintings. She has her own art method; a painting is to deliver ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Qatar lifts 22nd Arabian Gulf CupArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Qatar rallied to get the better of Saudi Arabia 2-1 to win the 22nd Arabia Gulf Cup football tournament at the King Fahd International stadium in Riyadh Wednesday night.Playing ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Saudi- Al Kabeer climbs to No. 2 after honors sweep in Globe CupArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) One mighty performance that saw Al Kabeer Frozen Foods sweep honors had the defending champion moving up the leaderboard after the eighth week in the Thursday League 12th ...

 Nov 27 2014 - Al-Taib wins Fastest Car Race 2014 in RiyadhArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Ahmed Al-Taib a Saudi topped the Fastest Car Race 2014 which was organized at Dirab Park racetrack in Riyadh. Al-Taib won the race in a Porsche 911 Turbo which is characterized ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help