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Taxes on Cigarettes Increased in UAE

DubaiMinistry of Finance in submitted a suggestion to increase taxes on packs of cigarettes by about 29%. Nowadays, a packet of 20 cigarettes is sold for Dh7. Smoking adults represent around 18% of UAE smokers, while smoking school students aged between 12-15 years represent 28.5%. Across UAE, around 10.5% pupils smoke cigarettes, in the same time another 12% smoke Madwakh and shisha.

These statistics were announced during a workshop held in in order to start a global study targets adults’ tobacco consumption. Statistics of the World Health Organization showed that every year around 6 million people die from smoking. Also passive smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke lead to the death of more than 600,000.

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