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More than 200 Dubai retailers ban cigarette sales for a day

Dubai Municipality says hypermarkets, petrol stations, shops join campaign for No Tobacco Day

More than 200 Dubai retailers ban cigarette sales for a day

More than 200 retail outlets across Dubai will stop selling cigarettes for 24 hours as part of No Tobacco Day on Tuesday, Dubai Municipality has announced.

Municipality officials have urged all traders to stop selling cigarettes as part of its activities to combat smoking, it said in a statement.

A total of 63 shops, hypermarkets and supermarkets, and 138 petrol stations will participate in the voluntary campaign in cooperation with the municipality, it added.

All restaurants and cafes are also requested to cooperate with the civic body by stopping the sale of shisha for a period of 12 hours.

Dubai Municipality issued a law to regulate smoking in public places in November 2007.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday that nearly six million people are expected to die this year from smoking related illnesses, including some 600,000 nonsmokers.

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