One billion cigarettes smoked in Qatar annually

June 25, 2010

At least one billion cigarettes are smoked in Qatar annually, a staggering average of 12,000 per individual, a recent study by Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) indicates.

The study also shows that $65 million are spent on cigarettes annually, while $150 million are spent to cover the healthcare costs of patients affected by smoking-related diseases, according to the study published in Qatari media.

Smoking shisha, a leisure activity in Qatar, is the most hazardous, the study said, explaining that in the absence of a filter, it is a hundred times more dangerous than a cigarette as it allows fumes to pass directly to the smoker’s lungs.

“Smokers, who have psychological and other problems when they plan to quit the habit should follow the periodic medical and consulting follow–up,” Dr Mohammed Ferjy, teaching assistant in Family Medicine and manager of the Primary Care and Clinical Skills Department of WCMC-Q, said. “Quitting smoking can cause physical stress and many can feel isolated from the society due to nicotine addiction. Addicted smokers should resort to medical and psychological counselling before using products that help them to quit smoking.”




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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