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WHO urges gov’t to consider raising price of tobaco

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AMMAN — The coordinator for non-communicable diseases at the WHO office Amman, Hala Bou Kardana, called for raising prices of tobacco products, including of cigarettes, in Jordan, and for applying the Public Health Law, which prevents smoking in public places, according to Khaberni. اضافة اعلان

This recommendation was made following a study on the need to find justifications for implementing the WHO convention regarding tobacco control, which was carried out by the Ministry of Health in cooperation with WHO and the UN Development Program in 2019.

During dialogue sessions around the role of the media in raising health awareness last week, Bou Kardana said that a new study is investigating the prevalence of smoking among the 13-15 age group, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, and the results of the study are expected to be announced in June 2023.

Jordan is considered the world’s top country when it comes to the prevalence of smoking among males.

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