Growers will be given two years and manufacturers a decade to stop production before both are banned under new anti-tobacco regulations, said the office of Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Tobacco advertising and smoking in automobiles carrying children younger than 12 also will be banned when the new restrictions take effect six months after issuance. Tobacco displays are forbidden in retail outlets near items marketed to children. Tobacco products must display a “large” warning on the package front, according to the statement posted on the Prime Minister’s website.
Shisha cafes cannot be within 150 metres of a residential area and their hours will be restricted. Distance restrictions also apply to the sale of tobacco products near places of worship and schools.