World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year May 31 and meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe.
World No Tobacco Day: Dubai bans cigarette sales for 24 hours Dubai: Nearly 300 stores in Dubai city are not selling cigarettes to mark the World No Tobacco Day on Thursday. The ban was announced by Redha Salaman, director of Public Health and Safety Department at Dubai Municipality Wednesday, when she commented: “The move is aimed at spreading awareness about the dangers of cigarette smoking to make people think about the dangers of tobacco consumption, as it kills millions of people and affects the public health. The civic body had announced a programme to regulate smoking in public places in 31 May 2007. It has honoured many individuals and establishments for taking firm steps against smoking to promote a healthy life style in the society.”
To support ‘Dubai without Smoking’ initiative of the municipality, 283 businesses, including shops, hypermarkets, supermarkets and petrol stations, will participate in the campaign. All restaurants and cafes are expected to cooperate with the civic body and participate in the campaign by stopping the sale of tobacco products during the day.
The sale of cigarettes in Dubai is prohibited to anyone below 20 years of age and public smoking is banned in the emirate, including in hotels, restaurants, cafes and offices. Every year, petrol stations, supermarkets and shops are encouraged by Dubai Municipality to stop the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products on May 31. Officials, however, hoped companies would continue the practice all year round, instead of the token 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) is urging everyone to help make Abu Dhabi a tobacco-free emirate. The call also coincides with World No Tobacco Day.
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