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Smokers may face astronomical fines if they break the federal smoking ban.

February 11, 2009 12:22 by

Smokers who flout the new anti-smoking law, which is being considered by the Federal National Council (FNC), face prison time and fines of up to AED1 million, reports Gulf News.

The draft law bans the sale of cigarettes to anyone under 18 years old; it also bans smoking in a car while children younger than 12 years of age are on board. Smoking in enclosed public spaces, shopping malls, schools, universities, hospitals, care homes, sports associations, social and cultural clubs and while using public transportation is also prohibited.

Smoking is only permitted in rooms designed specifically for the purpose in public areas.

If passed, the new law will bring the UAE in line with the World health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which the UAE has committed itself to. The convention requires members to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, stop tobacco companies from advertising and sponsoring events, increase the price of cigarettes and curb tobacco smuggling.

The Minister of Health, Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, said that the new law will help protect the UAE’s population, as well as reduce the cost of treating those suffering from smoking-related diseases.

The law comes weeks after the Abu Dhabi government delayed the introduction of a smoking ban until the federal law is created. “We don’t want there to be any conflict between the two, so this is why we have received the federal law for review,” said an official to The National at the time.

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  1. CarolT on February 11, 2009 2:08 pm

    Every smoking ban, everywhere, has been rammed down the public’s throat by falsely framing the issue as “freedom versus public health,” and CONCEALING ANTI-SMOKER SCIENTIFIC FRAUD.

    More than 50 studies have implicated human papillomaviruses as the cause of over 22% of non-small cell lung cancers. This would equal over 30,000 cases, which is more than they are claiming for radon. It’s also ten times more lung cancers than the anti-smokers pretend are caused by secondhand smoke. Passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus, so the anti-smokers’ studies, because they are all based on nothing but lifestyle questionnaires, have been cynically DESIGNED to falsely blame passive smoking for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV. And, it’s obvious that a significant proportion of lung cancers blamed on active smoking are actually caused by HPV. Obviously, there is a corrupt, politically-motivated coverup of a far larger cause of lung cancer than radon or secondhand smoke!

    The anti-smokers lie that smoking bans supposedly cause “immediate, dramatic” declines in the number of heart attack admissions. In the Pueblo study, what they didn’t tell you is that the death rates from acute myocardial infarction actually increased in the year after the ban, the same time they were boasting that the number of admissions declined! That suggests that people were dying because they weren’t admitted to hospitals when they should have been! And in the Indiana study, they exploited an anomalous spike in acute MIs during the “before” section of the study, to make the “after” part look better! And in the Helena study, the actual death rates from acute myocardial infarction (as opposed to hospital admissions which were the endpoint of the study) were nearly identical in 2001 (before the ban) and 2002 (the year of the ban), and reached their lowest point in 2003, the year after the smoking ban was repealed.

    If smoking or passive smoking were the real cause of asthma, the rates of asthma would have gone DOWN. But the EPA’s own report says, “Between 1980 and 1995, the percentage of children with asthma doubled, from 3.6 percent in 1980 to 7.5 percent in 1995.” The graph on pdf page 65 boasts of declines in cotinine levels during this same period.$file/EE-0438A-01.pdf

    And the CDC says, “Despite the plateau in asthma prevalence, ambulatory care use has continued to grow since 2000… Increased ambulatory care use for asthma has continued during an era when overall rate of ambulatory care use for children did not increase.”

    This is a classic example of how the slimy and unscrupulous manipulators of public opinion have railroaded Americans into tyranny!

  2. Ron on February 11, 2009 2:45 pm

    Excellent law and i hope they implement it all the way. NO MORE TOBACCO IN THE WORLD

  3. Ranjit on February 12, 2009 6:51 am

    The debate will go on. As long as anti-smoking campaigns make news, the sales will continue to grow.

    For those who would like to kick the habit, some free advice: Postpone your next smoke. I did that and gradually managed to completely stop smoking. Good luck.

  4. Line on February 12, 2009 8:06 am

    Honestly I do not understand, if they BAN SMOKING why sell cigarettes. Before they implement the law, let them provide us the special designed rooms for SMOKERS.


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