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New Legal Recommendations to Control Smoking Across UAE

Abu Dhabi is applying new system that put a clear distance of not less than 150 meters between residential areas and cafes selling cigarettes or shisha. Dr Salem Adib, public health and research department manager at the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) told Gulf News “The proposal has been sent to the Abu Dhabi Executive Council by the Tobacco Control Task Force () as per Federal Law on Tobacco Control number 15/2009 which expires on December 21st 2011. It is up to the executive council when the smoke-free regulations will be enforced”.

Some of The TCTF recommendations are controlling and monitoring tobacco use, protecting people from tobacco smoke, helping smokers quit, issuing warnings on tobacco risks, and implementing a ban on tobacco advertisements. During a conference held yesterday, the TCTF members announced that cafes, shops and individuals have been given a grace period of six months to take on smoke-free regulations across the emirate.

Smoking in private cars when there is a passenger under the age of 12 years; selling tobacco or its product to persons who do not exceed 18 years of age; smoking in places of worship, universities, schools, health and sports facilities; selling and importing sweets and games that resemble tobacco and its products; planting and/or trafficking tobacco for commercial purposes are some acts that are banned according to the federal law on tobacco control.
Anyone break those regulations could face penalties ranging from Dh3, 000 to Dh10, 000 and risk being referred to the criminal court. Answering on if cigarette prices were expected to be raised anytime soon, a reliable source from TCTF told Gulf News that the executive council was asked to increase cigarettes prices.

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