40% of Students Smoke – in UAE

Forty per cent of UAE school students in their early teens are in the country’s ever-growing list of smokers, a senior health official has said.

In a presentation made at the the 20th session of the Gulf Committee of Tobacco Control in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Dr Wedad Al Maidoor, team leader of tobacco control at the UAE Ministry of Health said the figure grew from 24 per cent in 2005 and covered students of both sexes in the 13-15 year age group, reported Sharjah-based Arabic daily Al Khaleej.

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