Dubai's 24-hour cigarette ban for World No Tobacco Day
Dubai Municipality is banning the sale of all tobacco products for 24 hours to mark World No Tobacco Day on Thursday.
World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31 and aims to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption.
Redha Salaman, Director of Public Health and Safety at Dubai Municipality, said: “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 volunteer participants include major business establishments such as Hyper Panda, Safeer Group, News Center, Cadolle, Spinneys, Carrefour, Choithram, Lulu, Maya, Family, West Zone and J-Mart.
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.
Dr Omniyat Al Hajri, Director of Public Health and Policy Division at HAAD, said: “HAAD, in partnership with other government agencies and the private sector, is working towards ensuring a 100 per cent smoke-free Abu Dhabi.
"Clean indoor air is important to maintaining the health of Abu Dhabi residents and visitors, especially children who are highly susceptible to indoor air pollution. HAAD’s goal is to make all workplaces and indoor public places 100 per cent smoke-free.”
HAAD has launched a 'Abu Dhabi Says No to Tobacco' programme to reduce smoking.