Indonesian orangutan caught puffing on zoo visitor’s cigarette

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Indonesia can now add a smoking orangutan to its roster of nicotine addicts. A video taken recently shows the beast picking up a cigarette butt that was flicked into its zoo enclosure by a visitor and then puffing away on it like a pro. The images of 22-year-old Bornean orangutan Ozon at the zoo in Bandung, about 150 kilometers southeast of Jakarta, promptly went viral. This not the first that a zoo orangutan has been caught sneaking a smoke in Indonesia, which has an abysmal record of animal ...

Goodbye hookahs? Smoking in the UAE accounts for 3,000 deaths per year

Friday, 9 March 2018

It may be time to set your hookah cravings aside and halt the ash formations. A new global report, The Tabacco Atlas, has shown that smoking accounts for nearly 3,000 deaths in the UAE per year. According to the report, smoking killed more than 2,900 people in 2016, costing the country about $569 mln, which equates to over Dh2 mln, in lost productivity and health care costs, reported The National. Of the victims, 2,718 were men while 265 were women. At current date, more than 900,000 adults in ...

Should Iraq approve the Arab League’s possible smoking ban?

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The agenda of the upcoming 29th Arab Summit includes a very important topic that pertains to the health of millions of Arabs and non-Arabs living in Arab League countries. The Executive Office of the Arab Health Ministers Council recently met in Cairo and decided to propose to the summit that will be held in Riyadh at the end of this month a resolution to impose a comprehensive smoking ban in the League’s member states. If this summit approves this resolution, it will do people in Arab ...

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VIDEO: Hard-hitting new advert urges UK smokers to quit

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

New anti-smoking ad shows cancer-causing chemicals flooding major organs within seconds. In the advert, gruesome footage shows a man’s veins filling up with tar as he is smoking. This new campaign aims to highlight how smoking harms the body beyond the lungs and heart and hopefully encourages the UK’s seven million smokers to quit in 2018.Martin Dockrell, head of tobacco control at public health England said in January there is a surge of smoker needing to quit and. The campaign, he ...

Does doubling of UAE cigarette prices only hit low-income smokers?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Cigarettes and tobacco products have suddenly shot up in prices but is this enough to curb smoking? Saudi Arabia doubled the price of cigarettes and tobacco products in June and UAE has followed suit this month. The tax saw cigarettes go from 9-12 riyals to 18-24 riyals in Saudi Arabia while some of the popular brands cost about AED 22 in UAE now. Though experts approve of the step, they believe a comprehensive strategy is required to deter people from taking up smoking and encourage smokers to ...

Smoking to be stubbed out on Thai beaches

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Smokers who flout a smoking ban on 20 of Thailand’s most famous tourist beaches will face a $3,000 fine or up to a year in prison, Thai authorities have said.The ban, which comes into force in November, follows a clean-up of nearly 140,000 cigarette butts from a 2.5 kilometre (1.5 mile) stretch of the famed Patong beach in Phuket island province.Its introduction coincides with Thailand’s peak tourist season and will be enforced in visitor hotspots including Krabi, Koh Samui, Pattaya, ...

Can low-nicotine cigarettes stop people from smoking?

Saturday, 5 August 2017

When cigarettes contain less nicotine, smokers see them as safer, because they equate the stimulant with smoking-related diseases. But that misperception doesn't cancel out the potential benefits of low-nicotine cigarettes, a new study suggests.In fact, while nicotine is addictive, it doesn't lead to the health conditions caused by smoking. Heart attacks, lung cancer and respiratory conditions can be blamed on other cigarette additives like tar.Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...

Saudi Arabia introduces new tax on tobacco, raise prices by 100 percent

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Saudi Arabia has announced the increase of the prices of tobacco and its derivatives by 100 percent in accordance with the decision of the Gulf Cooperation Council at its 36th session, which approved the amendment of the minimum threshold for the fulfillment of tobacco in the unified tariff in the GCC. At the end of last week, smokers on social networking sites circulated a letter from the Director General of Customs in Saudi Arabia announcing that the new price will be come into effect at the ...

President aims for tobacco-free Turkmenistan by 2025

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Turkmenistan’s president has signed a program aimed at pushing forward his goal of making the Central Asian country tobacco-free by 2025.The move by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was reported Saturday by the state newspaper Neitralny Turkmenistan. It said the program orders measures to be taken over the next five years, but did not give details.Berdymukhamedov has made healthy living a key element of the cult of personality that surrounds his autocratic rule. He is regularly filmed ...

Find out which Saudi city has the most smokers

Sunday, 13 November 2016

It was revealed that the smokers’ average age at 15 years at about 32 percent of Tabuk’s population

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