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No tobacco day

/ 1 June 2012

It is a positive sign that more than 300 outlets in Dubai will not sell cigarettes and other tobacco products on the World Tobacco Day.

The precedent should be followed and it would be nice of these stores and malls to desist from keeping the smoking stock at all. The authorities concerned have already done a great job by making people realise the after effects of smoking and how injurious it is to health.

I remember well that Sharjah had even slapped a ban on selling cigarettes in the emirate, and the ban on smoking in public places could come to achieve the desired objectives.- Ali Ahsan, Dubai

The spirit of ‘no tobacco day’ should be carried on throughout the week. According to the World Health Organisation, millions of people across the world are impacted by virtue of merely being passive smokers. The smoke and pollution that emits out of the act is bizarre for non-smokers, and eventually is a source of respiratory diseases. The idea of banning the sale of cigarettes is highly recommended, as it will come to at least save the youth from walking the trap of smoking. The same cannot be achieved with peer advices, as youngsters are strongly influenced with the environment they in. - Hashim Raza, Sharjah

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