No ifs, ands or butts - Saudi takes a stance on tobacco

The country is urging users to abstain from the substance for 24 hours and prove you can give it up for good
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No ifs, ands or butts - Saudi takes a stance on tobacco
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It's no secret that smoking seriously harms our health and the environment, so we were super interested to learn that Saudi Arabia has joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in an anti-smoking campaign to mark World No Tobacco Day today.

The campaign is an annual initiative that seeks to increase public awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and the health problems and risks associated with smoking. 

According to Arab News, the ministry has revealed that about 70,000 people die of smoking-related diseases in the Kingdom every year, so now really is the time to take action.

World wide, tobacco use - which ranks among one of the greatest threats to public health globally - kills more than seven million people through cancer, heart and lung disease and other health problems. 

Incredibly, within 20 minutes of stopping smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure fall, and five to 15 years after quitting, your stroke risk falls to that of a non-smoker.

Let's stamp out smoking together. 

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