Bismillah, alhamdulillah:

Some scary statistics from the Arab News concerning the number of smokers in Saudi Arabia. I was quite surprised by the number of female smokers. I would not be surprised if the death rate is an underestimate or will be rapidly rising given the number of smokers in the future. I hope the GCC initiative to increase taxation from 100 to 200% is accepted by the WTO. Perhaps brand and logo free packaging is an idea to implement next:

“According to statistics, 22,000 people die in Saudi Arabia each year of various diseases resulting from smoking. According to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 6 million smokers in the Kingdom, 1.5 million of whom are women.

Saudi Arabia is considered the fourth largest importer of tobacco with the average annual consumption per individual put at 2,130 cigarettes.”


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