Expert: Passive smoking can cause infant death

Updated 22 November 2015
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Expert: Passive smoking can cause infant death

RIYADH: Passive smoking is generally harmful, but children and pregnant women are at a higher risk and it may cause sudden death to an infant, an official said here Friday.
"Secondhand smoke causes cardiovascular and respiratory disease, coronary heart disease and lung cancer to adults. However, it can lead to sudden death among infants because they have small lung size and incomplete immune system," said Ali Al-Wadiei, the general supervisor of Saudi Anti-Smoking Program.
He made this observation on the occasion of Universal Children’s Day 2015, which falls on Nov 20 every year.
Al-Wadiei said one of the fundamental goals set out in the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is prevention of teenagers and young adults from tobacco use. This was also necessary to protect present and future generations from the devastating effects resulting from the use of all types of tobacco.
Referring to WHO statistics, he said that more than 40 percent of parents smoke, exposing their children to passive smoking.
“The move seeks to create awareness among young people through entertainment programs, drawing and painting contests for children and distribution of pamphlets containing some visuals and phrases on the harmful effects of tobacco, in addition to films and cartoons showing the ill-effects of smoking,” Al-Wadiei said.
The program also targets parents to protect children and their right to breathe fresh air. He said the child does not smoke, but is exposed to the smoke around him.


KSA donates 100 tons of dates to Indonesia’s poor

Saudi's buy dates during the annual date festival in Al-Buraida. (SPA)
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KSA donates 100 tons of dates to Indonesia’s poor

  • The aid is distributed to countries around the world with priority to Muslim countries and those where there are Muslim populations

JAKARTA: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) delivered 100 tons of dates to the Indonesian government on Tuesday to be distributed to the poor and internally displaced families affected by disasters in the country.
Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Osama bin Mohammed Al-Shuaibi handed over the delivery to Indonesia’s Minister of Social Affairs, Idrus Marham at the embassy compound in South Jakarta.
“We will distribute the dates to the poor, especially those who have been displaced from their homes as a result of various calamities and who are in regions where the poverty rates are high,” Marham said.
Al-Shuaibi said that the aid is distributed to countries around the world with priority to Muslim countries and those where there are Muslim populations.
“But the recipients are not just Muslims, they could be non-Muslims as well,” he said.