A Syrian refugee smells a cannabis bud while resting during the harvest in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Alia Haju
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Over 30 percent of children aged between 13 and 15 in Lebanon are smokers and there are between 3,500 and 6,000 smoking related deaths annually, Fadi Sinan, head of the Health Ministry's anti-smoking program said at an event Thursday.Sinan's alarming figures came in remarks made in an event to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, organized by J.A.D. Youth Against Drugs in collaboration with the ministry's national anti-smoking campaign and the Social Affairs Ministry's national drug awareness program. Col. Adel Mashmoushi, representing Basbous, warned of the dangers of drugs in a Middle East already full to the brim with geopolitical struggles.The colonel also underscored the far-reaching ramifications of drug abuse on the national economy, politics and social health. Ending on a more positive note, Mashmoushi said there was no reason to fear as long as the people of Lebanon remain loyal to the nation.
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