By Andy Sambidge
Council of Ministers urges aviation chiefs to stamp out smoking, enforce fines.
Saudi officials have urged aviation chiefs to ban smoking at all airports and associated facilities in the kingdom.
The Council of Ministers on Monday told the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to issue the ban and impose a fine of SR200 on people who violate the new regulations, Arab News reported on Tuesday
Although Saudi Arabia passed anti-smoking regulations in 2003, the ban has not been enforced, the paper added.
It said there were six million smokers in the country who spend SR8 billion every year on cigarettes.
Saudi Arabia ranks fourth in the world in terms of cigarette consumption and 41st in terms of population. As many as 13 billion cigarettes are imported into the country each year.
About 10 percent of the kingdom’s total smokers are women and 19.3 percent are teenagers, the paper added.
From my brief visit to Saudi Arabia last year, I felt the problem wasn't the lack of laws, but rather the enforcement and the the proper policing of the aforementioned laws.
Some expats may be fined..Not all but some. Never any locals.
The other problem is that the police and the related officials in the airport will be smoking within the airport infront of no smoking boards. They should be fined even heaftier. Hope that would help!