Lebanon health chief takes aim at parents over smoking

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Wed, 2019-09-04 23:34

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s health minister has launched an angry attack on parents who fail to stop their offspring smoking, warning that children as young as three were being allowed to smoke waterpipes.

“Such parents deserve to go to prison because they are not performing their duty toward their children and society,” Jamil Jabak said.

Figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that 40 percent of students aged 13 to 15 in Lebanese public and private schools smoke cigarettes, while 38 percent use waterpipes.

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