Gulf Countries Intensify Anti Smoking Drive

Published March 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The high smoking rates among locals have forced Arab Gulf governments to intensify their anti-smoking activities. 


Yesterday, a special vehicle carrying representatives from the Saudi health ministry, hospitals, governmental offices and other relevant bodies patrolled the main streets of Riyadh and provided information to citizens concerning the hazards of smoking. The vehicle starting point was from the late Amir Faisal Ben Fahd stadium at 17:00, al Jazirah daily reported. 


Meanwhile, the Omani health ministry, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, is offering smokers a unique opportunity to participate in a contest to quit smoking, according to al Watan daily. The winner will get $10,000 in addition to two flight tickets (business class) from Swiss Air. There are also other prizes of $2,500. This worldwide campaign is being held for the forth consecutive year and requires smokers all over the world to avoid using tobacco products for four weeks (May 2nd to 29th). 

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