March 9, 2010
Cigarette packs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may soon carry graphic health warnings as the government moves to persuade smokers to kick the habit.
The ghastly images, including those of an unborn child inhaling smoke from the mother, as well as a snake coiled around a shisha pipe, would be part of the implementation of anti-smoking legislation in this Gulf nation.
The authorities were also looking at the possibiliy of banning the sale of single cigarettes and preventing them from being sold near schools, The National daily quoted Dr Wedad al Maidoor, who heads the National Tobacco Control Committee, as saying.
Cigarette vendors may also be compelled to get mandatory licences.
Dr Wedad said details of the implementation would be discussed next month.
“We hope it’ll be done soon,” she said, adding that various authorities would be involved to ensure its success.
Source: Bernama (March 4, 2010)