President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, yesterday issued Federal law No 15 of 2009 banning import of tobacco and its by-products into the country unless specific standard requirements are met.
These 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 public transport and public closed places. Under the provisions of the law, no licence will be issued to cafés or similar outlets serving any types of tobacco or its products inside residential buildings or quarters or near them.
Smoking will also be banned in a vehicle if a child under 12 years is present in the vehicle.
The law sets a series of penalties against offenders, reaching in some cases up to Dh1 million in addition to a jail term of not less than two years. The law calls for setting up a national anti-tobacco committee as per a cabinet resolution to ensure enforcement of the law and efforts to fight the problem.
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