Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz has been awarded the World Health Organization (WHO) international prize in recognition of the Kingdom's intensive efforts to combat smoking. It was nearly twenty years ago that King Fahd ordered smoking to be banned in all government offices. The award will be presented during the 48th meeting of the WHO Middle East Region Committee scheduled to be held in Riyadh from September 30 to October 3, 2001.
Meanwhile, WHO has announced that Madinah Al-Munawwara has been declared a smoke-free city in its international contest under the motto "towards cleaner air" in which two or three cities from various parts of the world are nominated each year. An anti-smoking campaign has been set up in Madinah, and also in Makkah Al-Mukarramah.