New UAE smoking law comes into effect on Wednesday...
The anti-tobacco law issued last week by UAE president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan comes into effect from Wednesday, a senior Ministry of Health (MoHofficial confirmed.
Cafes and restaurants located in residential neighbourhoods have two years to either move or ban smoking while for non-residential outlets, designated smoking areas will be allowed, news agency WAM reported.
Dr Mahmoud Fikri, executive director of Health Policies, MoH, said a new national anti-tobacco committee would draw members from all the authorities concerned such as the ministries of health, economy, environment, education and interior.
"The MoH's Health Policies sector will start drafting the executive regulations of the law in coordination with other stakeholders within the next few months. The regulations will be raised to the federal cabinet for consideration and issuance soon," he said.
An anti-tobacco team at the MoH, he added, would educate members of the public about the health risks associated with smoking and the new law and its provisions.
The legislation makes it illegal to grow tobacco for commercial use, import or sell tobacco products that do not have warnings on the packaging, import or sell candies and toys that look like tobacco products, publish promotional material that urge people to smoke, or advertise tobacco products.
Selling cigarettes to anyone under 18 is also illegal, as is smoking in cars carrying children under 12 while inspectors will have the power to initiate legal action that could result in fines and/or jail terms.
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George Nov 02, 2010 06:40 am
About time, it's a filthy habit and why should we breath other peoples smoke, let them go ouside and stink the place out, roll on a total ban.
amjad Jan 19, 2010 06:53 am
there is no mention ban areas like roads/footpath outside the building areas
Katie Jan 17, 2010 04:04 pm
I second that Julie!
Julie Jan 14, 2010 05:35 am
Sorry, but this sounds like a very wishy-washy law. 2 years to stop allowing smoking in restaurants in residential areas - that's an awfully long grace period! Illegal to grow tobacco for commercial use - like we were going to grow it in the desert? No smoking in a car with children under 12 - how about we get them to do up their safety belts first?
Aaqib Jan 13, 2010 07:51 pm
This sounds as if they are dealing with narcotics ,instead of tobacco and cigarettes . !!!