80 percent of premature deaths in Jordan caused by smoking: WHO

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Published: 2021-05-31 12:25

Last Updated: 2023-11-17 04:09


80 percent of premature deaths in Jordan caused by smoking: WHO
80 percent of premature deaths in Jordan caused by smoking: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated May 31, as 'World No Tobacco Day.'

The slogan this year is 'Commit to quit.'

According to the WHO Monday, 80 percent of premature deaths in Jordan are caused by smoking.

Additionally, the WHO said that 50 percent of adult smokers in Jordan have tried to quit smoking.

According to the World Population Review, Jordan ranked first among Arab countries and sixth worldwide in terms of the percentage of smokers.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) said in previous statements that 42 percent, or 1.7 million Jordanian adults, smoke tobacco in different forms, according to a 2019 study conducted by the ministry and the WHO.

The WHO also said that Jordan is among the list of countries with the highest rates of smoking in the world. The organization added that Jordan was able to provide different capabilities for citizens to quit smoking.

Sunday, the Health Communication and Awareness Directorate (HCAD) at the MoH distributed awareness leaflets about quitting smoking, which can be found in health centers and clinics across the Kingdom.

Through a campaign called 'Maintain your health and quit smoking now,' the ministry called on citizens to head to any health center for free counseling sessions and treatment for help to quit smoking.


Also Read: MoH offers free smoking cessation services


Earlier Monday, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired was awarded the 'World No Tobacco Day' award for her continuous efforts against tobacco in the Kingdom and the rest of the world.


Also Read: WHO awards HRH Princess Dina Mired 'World No Tobacco Day' Award