Sharjah bans some cigarette sales

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Sharjah Municipal Council has banned the sale of cigarette in grocery stores near residential buildings and schools in a move designed to limit exposure to children.

The decision means cigarettes can now only be bought from shopping malls, petrol stations and large stores.

However it has not been revealed how inspections will be carried out, what penalties would apply or whether there would be a grace period, local media reported.

The new rule is expected to impact small retailers. 

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Posted by: Michael

It won't work, never has, never will. Even here in Australia the wowsers managed to introduced some of the most draconian anti smoking legislation in the world and, from what I have seen in my corner of the world, it is having little to no effect; kids that didn't smoke last week do now with one telling me that while it is legal, he won't have the government telling him what he can and can't do. What has changed is the illegal black market sales of tobacco known here as chop chop. It's cheaper because there is no tax and it is just as good, if not better than the commercial product and sales are booming.

Posted by: Hisham

Excellent move!!! Hope the rest of the UAE will follow soon. And also with a ban on smoking in public places, even if they are outdoors like restaurant terraces.

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