The UAE warns citizens and residents of a fine of more than 5,000 dirhams

The UAE warns citizens and residents of its territory of a fine of 5,000 dirhams and more and many penalties

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to a large population of people who smoke cigarettes. With the proliferation of electronic cigarettes and vapes, it has been much simpler for smokers to discover other ways to smoke, as well as to purchase and use items linked to tobacco.

Experts in the United Arab Emirates have said that non-smokers who are in the same environment as people who smoke face the same negative consequences on their health as those who smoke themselves. In addition, this is true for youngsters, particularly when they are in enclosed spaces.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled statistics that indicate that tobacco is responsible for the deaths of over 8 million individuals annually. This figure includes an estimated 1.3 million individuals who do not smoke but are exposed to second-hand smoke.

There are stringent regulations in place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to prevent smoking in the presence of children and to prevent the distribution of tobacco-related items to minors. This is what the law has to say here:

Smoking in the presence of a child

According to the Wadeema Law, which is the law that establishes children's rights in the country, smoking is completely forbidden when a kid is present. In accordance with Article 21, it is completely forbidden to smoke in any public or private mode of transportation while a kid who is younger than 12 years old is present.

The same principle applies to smoking in a room or area that is enclosed, especially when children are present. Those who violate the rules will be subject to a fine of at least Dh5,000 on their part.

Other tobacco-related penalties

People who sell or attempt to sell tobacco products to children shall be subject to a fine of at least Dh15,000 and/or a prison sentence of at least three months, depending on the severity of the offense. In order to fulfill their legal obligation, the vendor must request that the buyer present proof that they are at least 18 years old.

Additionally, this punishment applies to persons who sell or attempt to sell alcoholic drinks to minors, as well as any other products that pose a risk to the child's health.

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