Cancer patient sues tobacco firms

Hasan Hatrash; 8/6/09

A Saudi citizen has filed a lawsuit against two tobacco companies asking for $10 million (SR37.5 million) in compensation for the health damages he suffered from smoking. This is the second lawsuit from the Kingdom and considered the first personal case against tobacco companies in the Middle East, said Abdullah Seruji, executive director of the Smoking and Drugs Awareness Association. He said a court in Jeddah has accepted the lawsuit from Abu Abdullah, a businessman.