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Government regulations spark war on smoking

Cigarette packages sold in the UAE are to display prominent health warnings as part of countrywide efforts to stub out smoking, the Government has said.

Cigarette packages sold in the UAE are to display prominent health warnings as part of countrywide efforts to stub out smoking, the Government has said.

Under new regulations, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has demanded that cigarette packets carry bold health warnings.

The rules also call for manufactured cigarettes to comply with technical standards on content, and contain only a ‘permissible' percentage of nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide.

Each cigarette must contain no more than 0.6 milligrams of nicotine, 10 milligrams of tar and produce a maximum of 12 milligrams of carbon monoxide.

Manufacturing companies that violate the rule will face financial penalties, a spokesperson said.

The move is the latest in a series of steps aimed at curbing the UAE's rising number of smokers. This month will see the second phase of Dubai's smoking ban enforced, which requiring shopping centres, cafes and restaurants to provide smoking areas.

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