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Smoking Isn’t Banned In Saudi Arabia Yet

Throat cancerA newspaper reported on Tuesday that A Saudi court has refused an $8-million lawsuit filed against tobacco companies by a cancer-sufferer who blamed smoking for his damaged health. “On Monday the legal action against tobacco distributing companies in has been refused by the General Court in . Also the Court denied the plaintiff’s claim of 30 million riyals (around $8 million) compensation” Al-Hayat said.

The Saudi daily revealed that the man, Ali Assiri, had used to smoke despite being completely aware of its side effects. Tareq al-Shami commented “Such cases are used to pressure large companies trying to get money illegally”. According to the daily the cancer has destroyed Assiri‘s throat completely and it developed as result of excessive smoking. Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia does not prevent smoking in public places; also, people can smoke freely in government offices.

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