|Wedding instead of smoking
Charitable organization in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh issued a new proposal in order to encourage young people to quit smoking. They will pay all expenses for the wedding in return for refraining from a harmful habit.
Hundreds of men have taken an interest in this move. Banners in Riyadh, which inform: "Quit smoking and get a free wedding". In most countries of the Arab world, the groom alone bears the full cost of the wedding.
To obtain reimbursement for the wedding, young men must take seven day courses in getting out of the habit of smoking. The marriage expenses are too high in Saudi Arabia. So Arab men are forced to delay marriage until they do not earn enough money to take the bride.
It is estimated about a quarter of Saudi Arabia that about 27.6 million people - are smokers.