Bahrain introduces strict new anti-smoking laws

People will be fined for smoking in their cars with children in board, under new laws.
Bahrain introduces strict new anti-smoking laws
By Joanna Hartley
Wed 15 Apr 2009 08:17 AM

Bahrain has introduced strict new smoking laws that will see people fined for smoking in their cars in front of children, it was reported on Wednesday.

The law, ratified by Bahrain's King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifah on Monday, bans smoking in indoor public places, including restaurants, cafes, hotels and hair salons, and on public transport and in private cars - where there are children.

However, it is unclear whether smoking in the outside spaces of cafes and restaurants, or public parks, will also be restricted

The new legislation clearly outlaws the advertising of cigarettes and the promotion of tobacco-products by manufacturing and importing companies at sports events, with even gift-giving banned, according to UAE daily Gulf News.

Cigarettes can no longer be sold to anyone under the age of 18 years with shopkeepers urged to ask for proof of age if in doubt.

"No Smoking" signs should be displayed in prominent positions in all prohibited places, and people working in the establishments will be charged with ensuring compliance.

Anyone violating the new rules will be fined and those establishments that fail to comply fully with the law risk being shut down for up to three months, it adds. The law also calls for a national committee on preventing smoking to be set up under the health ministry.

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