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Saudi Arabia

Harm

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Saudi Arabia. Every year more than 4700 of it's people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 116000 children and more than 2889000 adults continue to use tobacco each day. Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic will ensure the tobacco industry continues to run roughshod over the lives of Saudi Arabia's citizens and ensure that tobacco's death toll will grow with each passing year. Tobacco control advocates must reach out to other communities to strengthen their efforts in this mortal fight.

Deaths

% caused by tobacco: 2010

7.5% of Men

Even though fewer men die on average in Saudi Arabia than other high-income countries, still 71 men are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

4% of Women

Even though fewer women die on average in Saudi Arabia than other high-income countries, still 21 women are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

Tobacco use also...

Harms Development

Buying tobacco robs families of the resources they need to rise out of poverty. A smoker in Saudi Arabia would have to spend 0.9% the of national median income to purchase 10 of the cheapest cigarettes to smoke each day!

Harms Environment

Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. It is estimated that 1.69 billion pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash, which is roughly equivalent to the weight of 177,895 endangered African elephants.

Harms Equality

To find more customers, the tobacco industry markets its products aggressively to women and children.

Harms NCDs

People living with mental illness are nearly twice as likely to smoke as other persons.

Industry

The combined revenues of the world's 6 largest tobacco companies in 2013 was USD342 Billion, equal to 45% of the Gross National Income of Saudi Arabia. The industry is a powerful force that does not fear the actions of smaller nation-states because their resources are often much larger. Larger economies have the opportunity to help the smaller allies face down this threat.

Market

Adult Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

22.2%of Men

Even though fewer men smoke on average in Saudi Arabia than on average in high-income countries, still 2707300 men still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

2.2%of Female

Even though fewer women smoke on average in Saudi Arabia than on average in high-income countries, still 182500 women still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

13%of Boys

More boys smoke in Saudi Arabia than on average in high-income countries.

5%of Girls

Even though fewer girls smoke on average in Saudi Arabia than on average in high-income countries, still 28400 girls still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

0.8%of Adults

Even though fewer people use smokless tobacco on average in Saudi Arabia than on average in high-income countries, still 159100 people currently use smokeless tobacco, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Solutions

Current Policy in Saudi Arabia

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare FacilitiesYes
Smokefree UniversitiesYes
Smokefree Government FacilitiesYes
Smokefree Indoor OfficesYes
Smokefree RestaurantsNo
Smokefree Pubs and BarsNo
Smokefree Public TransportYes
All Other Indoor Public Places SmokefreeN/A
Funds for Smokefree EnforcementNo

Offer Help

Quitting SolutionsNRT and/or some cessation services (at least one of which is cost-covered)
National QuitlineNo

Warn about the dangers to tobacco users on product packaging

Type of Warning Labels

Australia(best practice)

Graphic

Saudi Arabia

Graphic

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

82.5%

Saudi Arabia

50%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

Saudi Arabia

1

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

Saudi Arabia

No

Warn about the dangers to whole population in a media campaign

Ran a national anti-tobacco campaign during 2011 and 2012

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Saudi Arabia

No Data

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Saudi Arabia

Yes

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Saudi Arabia

No

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Saudi Arabia

Yes

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Saudi Arabia

Yes

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Saudi Arabia

No

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Saudi Arabia

Yes

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Saudi Arabia

No

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Saudi Arabia

N/A

Enforce bans on advertising

Number of Bans on Forms of Direct Advertising8 of a possible 7 bans
Number of Bans on Forms of Indirect Advertising3 of a possible 7 bans
Ad Ban Compliance PercentHigh% self-rated compliance

Raise Taxes

Excise Tax as a % of Cigarette Price

WHO Benchmark

75% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

Saudi Arabia

16.67% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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