Saudi Arabia has banned the sale of tobacco products to those under the age of 18, according to the regulations issued by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing (MOMRA), reports Saudi Gazette.
The Ministry has established conditions for stores selling tobacco products. These regulations aim to regulate the stores authorized to sell tobacco products such as shishas, regular and e-cigarettes, their derivatives and accessories, and to ensure the safety and quality of these products.
Under the terms and conditions, those who wish to engage in the sale of tobacco products must have obtained a municipal license in accordance with the Municipal Licensing Procedures Law and its implementing regulations. Likewise, persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to enter the tobacco store or purchase these products. The seller has the right to require the purchaser to prove that he or she has reached the age of 18.
Among the conditions, stores are required to sell cigarettes in a closed pack, with the maximum number in a pack not exceeding 20 cigarettes. It is prohibited to sell or display products containing raw tobacco, processed tobacco or products made from them in any means of public transport such as vehicles, buses, trains, ships, boats and planes.
The regulations prohibit the import, sale, or display of products that directly or indirectly advertise tobacco and its derivatives. The regulations stipulate that tobacco products and goods should not be displayed on the floor or facade of the store or on wooden and plastic pallets, but should be displayed in an orderly manner on shelves and in metal and stainless drawers.
Warning signs should be posted inside the store to inform people about the dangers of tobacco use, the ministry said in its regulations.