Saudi Health Ministry in deal to combat smoking

This file combination photo made from file images provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows two of nine cigarette warning labels from the FDA. (AP)
Updated 22 August 2017
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Saudi Health Ministry in deal to combat smoking

RIYADH: The Health Ministry has signed a deal with Al-Kaws Development Technology to foster public awareness against smoking and help people quit.
“Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah signed the agreement with Al-Kaws at his ministerial office to complete financing of the Anti-Smoking Clinics Complex in Abha,” the ministry said Sunday.
Under the deal, the two parties will provide anti-smoking clinics for male and female smokers.
The 31 clinics in various health centers and hospitals in the Kingdom will offer therapeutic services for those wanting to quit smoking.
A treatment plan has been developed for a period of three months, after which the person is considered a former smoker.
Tobacco addiction is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide. Smoking and other tobacco use kills more than 7 million people each year, according to the World Health Organization.
About 70,000 Saudis die annually from smoking-related diseases, according to Health Ministry statistics.
The price of cigarettes has been doubled in the Kingdom by an excise tax that became effective in June, in an effort to discourage their purchase.
Moreover, the ministry has allocated a sizable budget to the “No Tobacco Campaign” to foster public awareness on the dangers of using tobacco.


Saudi Arabia’s defense forces intercept missile fired by Houthis at Jazan

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Saudi Arabia’s defense forces intercept missile fired by Houthis at Jazan

  • The missile was fired from the Yemeni city of Saadah, targeting residential areas occupied by civilians.
  • Houthi militia fired the missile at the city of Jazan in Saudi Arabia.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a missile fired toward the city of Jazan by Houthi militia at 10:50 a.m. local time on Thursday.
The spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen Turki Al-Maliki said the missile was fired from the Yemeni city of Saadah, targeting residential areas occupied by civilians.
The missile was intercepted and destroyed, no injuries were reported, Saudi Press Agency said.
Al-Maliki added: “This hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolutions 2216 and 2231 that aim to safeguard the security of Saudi Arabia and the international community.”