Advertising for tobacco products on social media and billboards has been banned in Oman, the Ministry of Information announced this week.
The new decree, which was issued by Minister of Information Dr. Abdel Mon’em Al Hassani, “prohibits the publication of advertisements of tobacco products or derivatives across all media, audio, visual, electronic and any billboards, wherever they exist.”
According to the Times of Oman, the sultanate will also soon raise taxes on tobacco, alcohol, soft drinks and energy drinks, in line with similar moves taken by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain. Additionally, Omani officials are considering increasing taxes on fast food.
Citing health officials in Oman, the newspaper reported that 60 percent of deaths in Oman are due to non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases.
Oman previously increased taxes on tobacco products by 100 percent in 2016 for the first tie in 17 years.
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