INCREASED INSURANCE PREMIUM FOR SMOKERS

Smokers Saudi Arabia will have to pay an increased premium for their health insurance policies, Health Minister Hamad Al-Manie said while spelling out a series of measures to be undertaken by his ministry to discourage smoking.

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Smokers Saudi Arabia will have to pay an increased premium for their health insurance policies, Health Minister Hamad Al-Manie said while spelling out a series of measures to be undertaken by his ministry to discourage smoking. The minister has directed insurance companies to categorise between smokers and non-smokers, and to impose an additional premium for smokers since they fall in a high-risk class. Smoking was the main cause of 3.38 million deaths worldwide, including 13,544 in Saudi Arabia, last year. Smoking is expected to kill 500 million people by 2030, predicted a joint report issued by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank in 2000. Al-Manie said his ministry would not entertain any business transactions from tobacco companies in future.