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Anti-Smoking Drive - Saudi Arabia
Date : 19 May 2011

There are press reports that 1002 lawbreakers have been caught and fined at Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport so far after the ban on smoking came into effect. That is really great news. Smoking is a real threat not only to the smokers but those who are around them. It is true that in some countries tobacco industry generates revenue to the government but this is nothing when compared to the costs of smoke-borne diseases. Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest consumers of tobacco in the world. In this country the government and other organizations and volunteers (including expatriates) have to join hands to launch a campaign to make the people aware of the hazards of smoking.

The authorities also need to consider increasing the amount of penalty for smoking in no-smoking areas gradually — from SR200 to 300 and again 500 and to 1,000.


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