Saudi Arabia to ban tobacco usage imposing fines up to $1,300

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Informed sources said that the Saudi National Committee for Tobacco Control is in the process of imposing fines of up to $1,300 ( SAR 5,000) on smokers in several locations, defined by the anti-smoking regulations.

In the next phase, the committee will provide mobile clinics to treat smokers after booking treatment.

The imposed penalties for tobacco intake will include using cigarette, cigar, pipe, jig, shisha, chewing, storage or any other relevant method.

The Regulations approved the punishment of anyone who is found guilty of cultivating or manufacturing tobacco and its derivatives in the Saudi Arabia; with a fine of SR 20,000 to cancel the violation.

The regulation prohibits smoking in public places including squares surrounding mosques, educational, health, sports, cultural, social and charity facilities and places of work in companies, institutions, bodies, factories, banks and the like.

The regulation also prohibits smoking in public transport, land, air or sea, places offering food and beverages, or any factories processing and packaging it.

It also prohibits usage at oil production distribution, transportation, and refining sites including fuel and gas distribution stations, warehouses, elevators and toilets.

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