2000 News Story

Kingdom intensifies anti-smoking campaign

At a press conference yesterday, Chairman of the National Anti-Smoking Campaign Prince Jalawi Bin Saud Bin Abdul Aziz announced a three-year campaign in the Kingdom against smoking, and expressed confidence in its success. He noted that worldwide there are about 250 million young smokers who are at risk from 25 different mortal diseases, including lung cancer. Moreover, he said, about half of the U.S. $200 billion spent annually on smoking is paid for by the developing countries. He went on to express the hope that the Saudi campaign would spread to the other countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and urged the media to lend its support.