A smoke-free Arabia?

Martin, Josh
August 2003
Middle East;Aug/Sep2003, Issue 337, p44
Long regarded as a smoker's heaven, the Middle East is finally facing up to the long-term costs of cigarette smoking. From Casablanca to Dubai, Arab governments are beginning to adopt stringent rules to limit and discourage cigarette smoking. It has not been an easy decision. Many of those governments earn vast profits from government tobacco monopolies. But there is abundant medical evidence that tobacco kills. This fact is now being demonstrated to Arabs themselves, as government data collection becomes more sophisticated. Although only two countries in the region, namely Egypt and Jordan, now compile records of all smoking-related deaths, many countries in the Gulf region and North Africa are expected to follow suit shortly.


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