Last Updated: Sat Feb 18, 2012 10:53 am (KSA) 07:53 am (GMT)

From The Egyptian Gazette: Smoking spreading like wildfire

CAIRO - Smoking, smoking everywhere. In buses and microbuses; in theatres, cinemas, hospitals and all public places. Smoking is rife in Egyptian society and it's spreading like wildfire.

Dr Hassan Tawfiq, head of the Health Insurance Authority in Benha, says that smoking causes lung cancer, bronchial asthma, pneumonia and many other potentially fatal diseases.

“It may also cause infertility. It gradually destroys cells in the genitals and, in the case of men, it prevents them from 'doing a good job in bed',” Dr Abdel-Hamid Youssef, a consultant in obstetrics, gynaecology and infertility, told The Egyptian Gazette.

“Unemployment is the main reason why I smoke,” says a young man called Ahmed Hussein.

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