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Dubai: One Day Ban on Cigarette Sales

by Sheela Philomena on  May 31, 2012 at 3:01 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Gulf emirate of Dubai bans the sale of cigarettes for 24 hours to mark the World No Tobacco Day, say reports.

"In Dubai, nearly 300 outlets including petrol stations and supermarkets will stop selling tobacco for 24 hours," reported English daily, The National.
 Dubai: One Day Ban on Cigarette Sales
Dubai: One Day Ban on Cigarette Sales
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Another daily, 7Days, said the move was to spread awareness about smoking hazards.

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"The move is aimed at spreading awareness about the dangers of cigarette smoking to make people think about tobacco consumption as it kills millions of people and affects public health," the daily quoted Redha Salaman, director of public health and safety at Dubai municipality, as saying.

"One in four deaths is linked to smoking-related diseases" in the United Arab Emirates, another local daily, Gulf News, quoted a hospital official as saying.

The sale of cigarettes in Dubai is prohibited to anyone below 20 years of age and public smoking is banned in the emirate, including in hotels, restaurants, cafes and offices.

Source: AFP
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