In 2008, the United Arab Emirates began implementing a smokefree law making bars, restaurants, shopping malls, airports, government buildings, healthcare facilities, and educational facilities smokefree, except in designated smoking rooms.
On the local level, Dubai has a smokefree law similar to the federal law. In 2009, Dubai passed a law making parks and recreation areas smokefree.
In January 2010, a smokefree law was signed that included public transport, enclosed public places, and vehicles in which children under 12 years were riding.
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Ministry of Health rejects requests to lift ban on e-cigarettes
drives towards total ban on smoking in cars
anti-tobacco laws come into force across the UAE
smoking a concern at shisha cafes
All smoking has damaging effects, both for those who smoke and those who end up passively smoking. It reminds me of a news story about a waitress who didn't ...
Dhabi cafe owner: Where will the people go if my shisha cafe closes?
They come back at night, too. People are inside the cafe all the time. If the cafe closes, where will people go? The cafe is in a residential area and about 150 to 200 people visit each day, many of them regulars. Staff at cafes in the area have been
rules for shisha cafes explained
...1) The rules come into effect from February 1. 2) All shisha cafes, except those who have applied for a special licence, will be banned from operating within 150 metres of residential areas, schools and mosques. 3) Shisha cafes must open from 10am to ...
prison entirely smoke free
Dubai: Rules strictly in force Click to know where you cannot light-up
banned while driving children under 12
shisha cafes flouting rules face fines, closures
a tobacco-free Dubai
ban in cars when driving with children for UAE
for smoke-free environment
of Dubai Tobacco-Free Art Exhibition for Educational ...
ban in UAE goes up in smoke
Tobacco Free project holds felicitation ceremony
HE Al Maidoor, Dr Tayeb and Dr Reed honoured the participants of the Dubai Tobacco Free competition which was organized for students of the Higher ...
Municipality bans cigarette sale in groceries
to end barbecuing, smoking in balconies
Zones Closed for Smokers
parents may lose custody of children after divorce
launches 'Thank you for not smoking' campaign on ...
to be a smoke-free zone in Feb
ban 'should apply to all' in UAE
Dhabi residents call for ban on public smoking to be implemented
ban no threat to profits, Abu Dhabi health chiefs say
cafes to face fines or shutdowns over passive smoking
Shisha cafes and coffee shops and restaurants with smoking areas have been ordered to put up notices alerting customers to the dangers of passive smoking. Inhaling tobacco smoke can also cause infections of the ear, nose and throat in newborns. For pregnant women, passive smoking is said to add to the risk of low ...
launches campaign on passive smoking
... campaign to create awareness on the dangers of passive smoking
targeting sheesha ... Inhaling tobacco smoke is reported to cause respiratory
problems and ...
on smoking in mall cafes must be fully enforced
bans smoking in public places
beware when you are in Al Qasba
... has become the first outdoor venue in the UAE to ban smoking in
public. ... with anti-smoking messages on the ground, a few feet away
from each other.
health ministry plans tough measures to curb smoking
Dubai: The Ministry of Health said it will go ahead with its plans
to make smoking more difficult and costlier in spite of what one senior
official described as a worldwide interference by the tobacco industry
in public health policies. ...
opens five new smoking lounges in Dubai
in public places likely to be banned
Once the Ministry of Health passes the anti-tobacco law, which is under
preparation, smoking in the public places is very likely to be banned
throughout the country. ...
to decide on smoking laws next month
for smoking ban is delayed
A national ban on smoking in public places will be delayed while it is decided which government bodies will be responsible for enforcing various parts of the legislation, health officials said yesterday.
Key players involved in drafting the anti-smoking regulations told The National that the public will be fully informed once the details have been worked out, which could take weeks or months.
Discussions between bodies such as the Ministry of Health, police and
individual municipalities will lead to decisions on how and when parts
of the law come into force. ...
smokers may also face ban
ABU DHABI // If it does not contain tobacco, should it still be prohibited under the UAEs new anti-tobacco laws?
That is what local proponents of so-called electronic cigarettes are asking as they wait for the haze to lift over the forthcoming federal anti-smoking policy.
Dr Wedad al Maidour, the head of the countrys Tobacco Control Committee, said the answer should come in March, though she doubted e-cigarette users would be immune from the rules that ban people from lighting up in public.
There is nicotine in these e-cigarettes still, she said of the battery-powered devices, which resemble the real thing but deliver a hit of liquid nicotine without burning tar, carbon monoxide or other cigarette additives. ...
Smoking divisive in the workplace
If the UAE's sweeping new laws about smoking in public arouse anything like as much controversy as ours did in the UK, you're going to be in for a long debate, with smokers complaining about state bureaucracy and anti-smokers claiming to uphold national standards of health.
But from the British vantage point, having seen the success of the anti-smoking campaign over several decades, let me assure you of one thing: There are not many people now who would really want to put the clock back.
The steady reduction in smoking has benefited the public to a degree unimaginable when the link with lung cancer was first proved, fifty years ago.
One close colleague of mine, a non-smoker, was in the Army in a regiment where 90 per cent were smokers.
When he attended his first reunion, after a 30-year interval, he was astonished to find how many of those men had died prematurely from cancer, strokes or heart disease . . .
As always, with important news in the UAE, I like to take the national pulse by checking various media for what the readers' comments reveal. For such an emotive topic, I was impressed with the quality of debate. ...
ban leaves capital in a haze
Dubai will immediately implement the federal smoking ban, but Abu Dhabi is awaiting clarification before deciding which areas of the city will be non-smoking.
On Wednesday, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, signed a law effecting a nationwide smoking ban and controlling the import and advertising of tobacco products throughout the emirates.
Yesterday, uncertainty was rampant among private businesses and government
officials alike over when and where the legislation would come into
issues federal anti-tobacco law
WAM Abu Dhabi, 6th Jan. 2010 (WAM) -- President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued federal law no 15 of 2009 banning import of tobacco and its by-products into the country unless specific standard requirements accredited in the UAE are met.
Those conditions include posting of clear word and image warnings on the box and a ban on all kinds of advertisements, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products.
The law also prohibits smoking on modes of public transport and public closed places. Under the provisions of the law, no licence will be issued to cafes or similar outlets serving any types of tobacco or its products inside residential buildings or quarters or near them. Smoking will also be banned during vehicle driving in the company of a child under 12 years.
The law sets a series of penalties against offenders reaching in some cases up to Dh 1 million in addition to a jail term of not less than two years. ...
smoking ban comes into force
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE, signed a wide-ranging anti-tobacco bill today that would ban smoking in a variety of places, including cars and cafes and prohibit imports of tobacco that do not meet strict guidelines.
The legislation says fines of up to Dh1 million (US$270,000) can be levied for violations, together with jail terms of up to two years. Smoking will be banned on public transport and in public closed places.
Under the provisions of the law, no licence will be issued to cafes or similar outlets serving any types of tobacco or its products inside residential buildings or quarters or near them.
Smoking will also be banned during vehicle driving in the company of a child under 12 years, the legislation says, according to the state news agency, WAM. All advertising of tobacco products is prohibited as well, according to WAM.
Although it is unclear when enforcement will begin, typically a law signed by Sheikh Khalifa goes into effect immediately. ...
shisha at public parks, warns authorities
Dubai Municipality has handed out 2,400 written warnings to people smoking shisha at public parks last month.
The Public Parks and Horticul-ture Department this week in-stalled
signs at park entrances warning people that shisha smoking is no longer
allowed. One hundred and sixty-two people carrying shishas turned
away after they saw the sign, said Ahmad Mohammad Abdul Karim,
Director of the Department. ...
in the United Arab Emirates
The year 2007 was literally the no smoking year for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) given the governments clampdown on tobacco products. Tobacco consumption has been banned at workplaces, public places, vending machines and ministries, with the No Smoking sticker posted all around the main cities. Selling tobacco to minors has also been forbidden, and a draft bill on a controlling health warning written on cigarettes packs is still under deliberation. The anti-smoking legislation is in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2007-2015 to protect public health and improve the quality of life of UAE nationals and expatriates living in Dubai. ...
United Arab Emirates, Plans Smoking Ban
Traveling to Dubai to enjoy the shopping malls and Middle Eastern culture mixed with modern luxury? Before you leave make sure you learn about the new smoking rules adopted by this city.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, according to Reuters, is planning to end smoking in the city by the year 2009. The city will be implementing the ambitious plan in a phased manner. ...