Saudis spend $3.7bn a year on smoking

17 March 2012

More than eight million Saudis spend SR40m on cigarettes daily and over SR14bn annually, according to the chairman of a local society for combating smoking, Arabic daily Al-Madinah reported has reported. Abdul Rahman Al-Shamrani, chairman of Waaie ('enlightened') society for combating smoking in Najran has said the Kingdom is the fifth country in the world and the second in the Arab Gulf region in the number of women smokers. Al-Shamrani has added that a new study carried out by the society revealed a frightening number of smokers in the Kingdom.

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