The Municipality of Dubai has published a comprehensive guide book to guarantee putting into practice executive regulations of the anti-tobacco law with just 4 months left for businesses to obey. The new anti-tobacco law comes into action from January 21, 2014. The Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, approved the executive regulations in the Cabinet’s Resolution No.24 issued on July 21 current year.
Thus the Dubai Municipality has begun an anti-tobacco campaign. Salem bin Mesmar, the Assistant Director-General for Environment and Public Health and Safety said to Khaleej Times that these days people get informed about the new rules due to campaigns which help to spread awareness among population in order to avoid large fines awaiting violators.
The Head of Public Safety Section at the Public Health and Safety Department Sultan Al Suwaidi says that smoking areas will not be allowed to open in residential zones without having a distance of 150 metres from schools, houses and mosques.
Smoking cigarettes will be prohibited in all restaurants in less than 1,000 square feet and it will be totally banned in corridors, at entrances, in elevators and lifts, health buildings, offices, entertainment areas, cinema halls, conference halls, canteens, places of prayer, rest rooms, areas of employees.
Smoking areas in restaurants should not exceed 50% of the dining area and non-smokers should not be annoyed by them. Besides this, every smoker should be given 20 square feet of space in order to avoid crowd.
The authorities say that the new anti-tobacco law will help improve health of citizens of Dubai.
Suwaidi said that the doors should be automatic and food preparation area and sheesha preparing area must be separated from each other. The working hours of sheesha shops and cafés will be from 10am to 12.30am. It is prohibited to sell tobacco products to people under 18 years or deliver them to unauthorised places.