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UAE considers introducing anti-tobacco law to curb smoking
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16:39, July 17, 2007

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A senior official of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said the government is considering the introduction of an anti-tobacco law to prevent smoking from spreading in the country, local newspaper Khaleej Times reported on Tuesday.

A draft bill on smoking is being deliberated at the UAE Ministerial Council, according to the report.

"The UAE is very much committed towards implementing a comprehensive anti-tobacco law to reduce the spread of the habit in the society, especially between children and adolescent," Ali bin Shukur, Under-secretary of the Ministry of Health, was quoted as saying.

Consumption and promotion of tobacco products will be restricted if such a law is implemented. Selling tobacco to minors and exposure of young people to environmental tobacco smoking will also be banned.

The enforcement of the anti-tobacco law will greatly help in curbing smoking, urging public and private institutions to exert more efforts in this regard, Shukur said.

In addition, the ministry will implement recommendations of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which seeks to secure rights of people to the highest standards of health, Shukur added.

Source: Xinhua

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