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Ministry of Health announces new regulations in UAE’s anti-tobacco law

A new set of regulations in the UAE’s anti-tobacco law have been announced by the Ministry of Health, according to the national news agency WAM. The updates in legislation will come into effect six months from now and are part of the government’s efforts to establish an effective national anti-tobacco strategy.

Among the new regulations approved by UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the banning of smoking in private vehicles if a child younger than 12 years is present in the car. The main drive of the new regulations is aiming to reduce smoking among youth. A study carried out in Abu Dhabi showed that 28 per cent of children aged 15 years or younger, are smokers, while 30 per cent of people aged 18 are smokers.

The law bans any content that advertises tobacco products, such as newspaper advertisements and TV commercials. It also bans importing tobacco products that are not line with technical standards set by the UAE, and any violations regarding such imports can lead to a one year prison sentence and a fine ranging from Dhs100,000 to Dhs1 million, in addition to the confiscation of products.

The law also provides specifications on the packaging of tobacco products. All products must now display a large warning label on the front to raise awareness on the dangers of tobacco. Violators will be fined Dhs100,000 to Dhs1 million, and the fines can be doubled if the offence is repeated.

Tobacco products cannot be displayed near items marketed for children, or sportswear, health, food and electronic products. Tobacco products are also forbidden to be sold in locations that are 100 metres away from places of worship, and 15 metres away from kindergartens, schools, universities and colleges.

Shisha cafes will also have to be at least 150 metres away from residential areas. The regulations also specify that these cafes working hours will be from 10am to 12pm. Shisha will not be served to customers younger than 18 years of age, and the cafes will be forbidden from delivering shisha to apartments.

Growing or producing tobacco for commercial purposes will also be forbidden, and current manufacturing plants have been given a grace period of 10 years to sort out their situation, and tobacco farms have been given a two-year grace period.

The UAE ratified the World Health Organisation s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO, in November 2005. The UAE anti-tobacco law was drafted by the Ministry of Health in 2006. In December 2009, the UAE issued its own federal anti-tobacco law.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in Tobacco Articles

 

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Study says smoking bans beneficial to state

Contrary to popular belief, indoor smoking bans have been good for West Virginia businesses, according to a recently released federal study.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest volume of Preventing Chronic Disease looked at the economic impact of smoke-free laws on restaurants and bars in eight states: Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

In each of those states, smoke-free air laws are enacted and enforced locally, not statewide.

“Smoke-free air laws in restaurants and bars protect patrons and workers from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke, but owners often express concern that such laws will harm their businesses,” the study’s authors wrote.

West Virginia counties with indoor smoking bans showed a 1 percent increase in restaurant employment as compared to those counties where smoking was allowed. The remaining eight states saw no significant association between smoke-free laws and employment or sales in restaurants and bars.

Nasandra Wright, sanitarian supervisor for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, said the smoking ban here was controversial at first, but that more people came to see its benefits over time.

“More people are interested in working in an environment with clean air,” she said. “There are a lot more health benefits. Tobacco use damages nearly every part of the body.”

Wright said smoking causes some $2.4 billion in total economic loss in West Virginia annually.

The county’s clean indoor air policy recently won an award and will be used as a kind of model nationally. The county first enforced a policy in 1995. In 2008, it was expanded to include bars. The current compliance rate is at 98 percent, Wright said.

“Initially, it wasn’t well-recepted, just like any change,” she said. “Initially, we had resistance from business owners. But over time, they’ve become very receptive. Once they learned the benefits of clean indoor air and saw there weren’t adverse reactions in terms of economics.”

Wright said she’s pleased with the exceptionally high compliance rate.

“We want to provide the residents in Kanawha County what is best for them,” she said. “People are very appreciative of the initiatives for health here in Kanawha County. We are trying to bring about awareness so people can understand the impact of secondhand smoke.”

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Tobacco News

 

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R.J. Reynolds scales back marketing of dissolvable tobacco products

After spending more than 4 1/2 years in five test markets, including Charlotte, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co (Camel cigarettes manufacturer). has struggled to gain consumer traction for its trio of dissolvable tobacco products.

It has struggled to the extent that it is limiting future marketing of the products: a pellet (Camel Orbs), a twisted stick the size of a toothpick (Camel Sticks) and a film strip for the tongue (Camel Strips).

The goal has been making its tobacco products more accessible within a society that’s clamping down on smoking. Reynolds began testing the dissolvable products in early 2009.

By comparison, Reynolds needed just 2½ years, from April 2006 to October 2008, to take its Camel Snus products from test markets to national distribution.

Reynolds spokesman Richard Smith said the products remain in limited distribution in Charlotte and Denver at point-of-sale sites. They also are marketed through its age-verified website for consumers.

“At this time there are no plans for any marketing beyond these channels,” Smith said. “We’ve found in our conversations with adult tobacco consumers that while there’s strong interest in the category, a different product form may present a better option over the long term.

“Though for now, Camel Sticks, Strips and Orbs will remain available while we continue to gather learnings.”

The setback is noteworthy because Reynolds has carved out an important and profitable niche as the industry’s leading manufacturer of innovative smokeless products.

The dissolvable products are made of finely milled tobacco and come in flavor styles of fresh and mellow. The products last from two to three minutes for the strips, 10 to 15 minutes for the orbs and 20 to 30 minutes for the sticks. They carry the same health warnings as other oral smokeless products.

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Tobacco Articles

 

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