Saturday 10 of December, 2022
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Egyptians Start Smoking Before Puberty

Shocking figures announced by the Minister of Social Solidarity show that Egyptians are starting smoking from as young as 10 years of age.

Staff Writer

In a shocking announcement, Egypt's Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Wali, made a disturbing statement which claims that the starting age of smokers in Egypt has dropped down to as young as 10-years old, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported today..

Wali said during the Anti-Addiction Conference that the amount of the Egyptian population smoking cigarettes has gone up by 5% since 2009 to a total of 24% in 2013. Furthermore, the minister claims that more than 60% of smokers are young adults and on average spend nearly 200LE per month for their nicotine. This figure is expected to increase, as the prices of cigarettes increased by 22& this week, after a presidential decree declared a raise on sales tax for both local and imported tobacco.

Admittedly, we had no idea that Social Solidarity had a minister in the Egyptian government, but are thankful that someone is collecting data, as Egypt has always had problem with both accepting official stats and smoking cigarettes.