Tobacco Education and the Role of Schools: Have Saudi Arabian Schools Done their Job – Case Study Example

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The paper "Tobacco Education and the Role of Schools: Have Saudi Arabian Schools Done their Job? " is a great example of a case study on education.   There are no research articles that describe tobacco education efforts in specific countries across the globe. Most of the comprehensive research reports of smoking, tobacco use, and tobacco education generally originate from the United States. When a string search for the keywords “ tobacco education” and “ Saudi Arabia” are submitted to the database, only 12 reports are listed and unfortunately, none of these are about tobacco education.

The only reports available on the association of tobacco and Saudi Arabia include that of prevalence among these nationals, as well as gender differences and smoking behaviors (Saeed et al. , 1996; Jarallah et al. , 1999). There is, therefore, a need to perform research regarding tobacco education in Saudi Arabian primary schools. Research Statement Tobacco smoking causes so many illnesses including bronchus, trachea, and lung cancer. It also causes oral cavity, pharynx, and lip cancers. Treatment of such diseases requires a lot of money and expensive health care facilities, especially cancers.

Saudi Arabia is one of the kingdoms that have been adversely affected by tobacco smoking. In 2006, the government threatened to sue the Tobacco industry if it did not voluntarily pay for treating Saudi Arabians with tobacco-related illnesses (BBC, 2006). In 2007, around May, news reports revealed that the government had sued the Tobacco industry and was seeking refunds for the money ($2.7 billion) spent on treating Saudi Arabians with Tobacco-related illnesses (NCASA, 2007). This is a clear indication that the level of Tobacco use in the country is very high. Efforts have been made by different governments to help reduce Tobacco in respective countries leading to the development of the association between Tobacco use and education.

With education, several governments believe this problem can be contained. Despite the comprehensive description of this association in other countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (Thomson et al. , 2008; Walker and Darling, 2007), there are only a few reports that exist on this topic in developing and Eastern countries. Saudi Arabia is a country located in the Middle East that is known to engage in tobacco use.

Aside from the simple cigarettes, the shahi or water pipe is a popular method of smoking in this country.  


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