Jordan faces highest global smoking rates

Alarming trend in e-cigarette use among youth

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AMMAN — The World Bank's recent report has revealed that Jordan is facing the highest smoking rates globally, posing a concern. The report highlights that 24 percent of students aged 13-15 in the Kingdom are current smokers, making it the region's highest smoking rate.اضافة اعلان

Increased usage of e-cigarettesAn alarming trend noted in the report is the increasing use of e-cigarettes among young people, which could worsen the situation. Moreover, over 6 out of 10 men (and 41 percent of the total adult population) in Jordan are smokers, Alsaa reported.

One out of every 8 deaths are linked to smoking
Meanwhile, the report highlighted that nearly one out of every eight deaths in Jordan linked to these habits. The report estimates that smoking costs the country nearly $2.67 billion in healthcare expenses and productivity losses.

Attempts to quit smokingHowever, the report also shows that half of the current smokers in Jordan attempted to quit smoking in the past twelve months. Additionally, anti-smoking information on TV and radio has reached 50 percent of adults.

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