Jordan smoking rates highest in world amid claims of big tobacco interference

Jordan smoking rates highest in world amid claims of big tobacco interferenceJune 23, 2020

Exclusive: Health groups accuse firms of undue political influence as survey finds 80% of men use nicotine

‘Big tobacco wants our youth’s lungs’: rise of smoking in Jordan

Smoking rates in the Middle East kingdom of Jordan have become the highest in the world amid what public health advocates say is widespread interference in policy-making by multinational tobacco companies.

More than eight out of 10 Jordanian men smoke or regularly use nicotine products including e-cigarettes, according to a government study carried out in 2019 in collaboration with the World Health Organization. Jordanian men who smoke daily consume an average of 23 cigarettes a day, the survey found.

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