Growing concerns around alarming smoking trends among Jordanians

Jordan

Published: 2023-08-11 11:06

Last Updated: 2024-07-12 09:06


Growing concerns around alarming smoking trends among Jordanians
Growing concerns around alarming smoking trends among Jordanians

The prevalence of smoking among young students aged thirteen to fifteen in Jordan is raising concerns, with 24 percent currently identified as smokers.

This worrisome trend is potentially exacerbated by the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes among the youth.

Jordan, a country with one of the highest numbers of smokers globally, faces an alarming situation as revealed in a recent World Bank blog.

Furthermore, the percentage of adult smokers is expanding at an alarming rate of forty-one percent.

This trend is taking a toll not only on public health but also on the country's finances, as the government spends over two and a half billion dinars annually to address the health consequences of smoking.

To address this issue, various awareness campaigns are periodically launched to promote smoking cessation and encourage visits to cessation clinics.

Nonetheless, experts assert that these efforts fall short due to the necessity for a profound cultural and behavioral shift within society.

The ramifications of smoking, including its physical, financial, and emotional burdens on families and the Jordanian state, are extensive.

Despite the loss of countless lives caused by smoking-related issues, the prevalence of smoking continues to rise, signaling a multi-faceted set of challenges on the horizon.