Smoking kills 23,000 every year

Updated 19 September 2014
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Smoking kills 23,000 every year

Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), who expressed deep concern about the high incidence of smoking-related deaths in the Kingdom.
Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year.
Saudi Arabia is the largest market for tobacco in the Middle East and ranks fourth for the number of smokers globally.
Albualli highlighted the seriousness of smoking, revealing that 90 percent of those who use drugs tried smoking at a young age and that smoking is the gateway to drug use.
In the UK, the proportion of smoking among male students has increased to 13 percent, compared with five percent among female students, while about 27 percent start smoking in elementary school and 53 percent start in middle school.
He said there is insufficient follow-up by authorities, as well as a lack of resources available for associations that fight smoking.
“Hiking prices alone won’t limit the lethal phenomenon,” he said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking kills 5 million people worldwide annually, of whom 23,000 are in the Kingdom.
Each cigarette contains 4,000 chemicals, and about 600,000 people die annually due to second-hand smoking, 40 percent of whom are children.
Albualli said the Kingdom ranks 23rd in the world in tobacco consumption, according to the WHO report for the Eastern Mediterranean region for 2004.
A recent study by the American Cancer Society showed that approximately 20 to 56 percent of youth in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries live in homes with smokers.
Fahd Al-Hamad, an educational supervisor, revealed to Arab News that young smokers start smoking during adolescence, mostly around the age of 13, due to peer pressure. He believes that raising the price of cigarettes to reduce the number of smokers has little effect.


Intermittent fasting 101: What is it and can it work beyond Ramadan?

Updated 13 June 2018
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Intermittent fasting 101: What is it and can it work beyond Ramadan?

  • The worldwide trend of intermittent fasting has made headlines in recent months, but what is it?
  • Intermittent fasting (or IF) is an increasingly popular diet technique

JEDDAH: With the end of the Holy Month almost upon us, many of those who fast during Ramadan have no plans to give it up just yet. The worldwide trend of intermittent fasting has made headlines in recent months — you will have heard of this latest diet craze, but what is it?

Intermittent fasting (or IF) is an increasingly popular diet technique, but as with any dietary change, it is advisable to consult with your doctor if you wish to give it a go — especially if you have pre-existing health issues.

The day is divided between an eating period and a fasting period — just like Ramadan — although, unlike Ramadan, small snacks and water are allowed during the day.

How do I practice intermittent fasting?

The easiest method is the 16:8 ratio technique. It means skipping breakfast, fasting for 16 hours and limiting the eating period to eight hours.

What should I eat?

During the fasting period, you can eat very small quantities (think nuts or fruits) and drink water. During the eating period, the best way is to have two good-sized, healthy and balanced meals and a snack in-between.

Pros of intermittent fasting

IF teaches you what hunger actually is, therefore, you only eat when you are hungry — at least that’s the idea. Moreover, you should eat less because of the shorter eating period, the metabolism is boosted and the body burns more calories and more fat. Additionally, with IF, there is less muscle loss than other weight loss techniques.

Cons of intermittent fasting

Because of the long fasting period, your energy levels might decrease and you might become angry, unproductive and hungry, leading you to binge eat when the time comes. This causes an excess in your caloric intake and problems in digestion.

Can I work out?

Working out after a light meal or on an empty stomach will help you burn fat, however, if you have not eaten any carbs during the eating period, you will lose muscle mass because your body will start burning proteins, so make sure to eat balanced meals.