Sharjah bans some cigarette sales

Municipal Council has banned the sale of cigarette in grocery stores near residential buildings and schools
Sharjah bans some cigarette sales
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By Courtney Trenwith
Thu 04 Apr 2013 11:58 AM

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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