Anti-smoking campaign launched

There are 70,000 Saudis die annually from smoking-related diseases. (SPA)
Updated 30 May 2017
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Anti-smoking campaign launched

RIYADH: To coincide with the holy month of Ramadan and World No Tobacco Day on Wednesday, the Health Ministry has launched a campaign to save the lives of thousands of smokers in the Kingdom.
Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said his ministry has allocated a sizable budget to the campaign, adding that 70,000 Saudis die annually from smoking-related diseases.
“We can avert these deaths if preventive measures are taken in time,” he said, adding that smokers continue to smoke despite being fully aware of the harmful effects. “Any form of smoking, whether it is shisha or electronic smoking, is harmful to health.”
Meanwhile, the Kingdom has joined World Health Organization (WHO) members to mark World No Tobacco Day on Wednesday to foster public awareness of the dangers of tobacco. The theme this year is: “Tobacco, a threat to development.”
The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) has shared the theme in online messages. The hospital said governments and the public should implement proposed measures by the WHO to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.
Tobacco addiction is one of the leading preventable causes of death.
Tobacco kills more than 7 million people worldwide each year, according to the WHO.
The numbers of smokers and deaths from smoking in the Kingdom are rising fast, and smoking represents more than 80 percent of lung and throat cancer cases, according to the Health Ministry.
There are 160 anti-smoking clinics that provide awareness services, medical consultations and therapeutic services for free for smokers of both sexes to help them quit. The ministry is working on the development of fixed and mobile anti-smoking clinics.
Anti-smoking clinics in health care centers and hospitals in Riyadh have received more than 7,000 patients since the beginning of this year.
The price of a pack of cigarettes in Saudi Arabia will double due to a tax effective from June 11.


4 things you didn’t know about Saudi women’s rights

Updated 26 April 2018
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4 things you didn’t know about Saudi women’s rights

  • Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the Saudi Justice ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles
  • No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father

JEDDAH: Despite the great steps taken by the Saudi Ministry of Justice to give women a freer and more secure life, many Saudi women still do not have enough knowledge of their rights. 

Therefore, the ministry has started a campaign in cities all over the Kingdom to spread awareness among women of their legal rights. A female-only staff runs public exhibitions to enlighten them about how they are protected in different areas so they can lead their lives in a better way.

“We are using every possible channel to communicate with women to enlighten them about their rights, support them in all aspects to assure their ability to enjoy a secure rightful life,” said Majed Alkhamis, head of media and communication at the Ministry of Justice.

Since the launch of Saudi Vision 2030, the ministry has addressed all flaws in the system that prevented women from living their lives securely and free from unnecessary hassles. Despite all the obstacles, the ministry has succeeded in several areas.

A wife’s rights

The system not only grants the woman the right to sue her husband or ex-husband for alimony or acknowledgment of paternity, but it also allows any women legally living on Saudi soil, regardless of her citizenship or religion, to prosecute her current or former husband even if he is outside Saudi Arabia at the time of the lawsuit. Moreover, the new systems now support divorced women to a whole new level. For example, the system gives priority to a woman’s alimony over her husband’s personal debts.

Marriage agreements

No marriage agreement is accepted unless a woman provides a written approval, even if her guardian is her father. This arrangement grants a woman the freedom to accept a marriage proposal without any influence or coercion. In addition, if a woman is not happy with her marriage, she is free to leave the house of marriage and walk out of the agreement with no law to force her to come back. If she chooses to abandon the marriage her right to alimony will be dropped, but she is still entitled to custody of the children.

No delays

The Ministry of Justice has designed a full female service within its courthouses. 

These services include advisory people who provide free consultations on everything. In addition, these departments support women at all stages up until the execution of any court order to avoid delays and procrastination.

Speedy justice

The law emphasizes the speedy execution of justice in women-related cases.