UAE Public Prosecution issues a warning against selling tobacco to children

Federal legislation makes it illegal to sell cigarettes to youngsters; offenders risk jail time and fines.

Saudi Arabia: The UAE forbids the selling of tobacco products to children, and the Public Prosecution has issued a social media warning against the practice.

The authority stated that it is against the law to sell tobacco goods to children.

What the law specifies

Federal Law No. 3 of 2016 on Child Rights, also referred to as Wadeema’s Law, contains a description of the rule. The sale or attempted sale of tobacco or tobacco products to children is prohibited by Clause 1 of Article 21 of the law, and merchants are permitted to request proof of age documentation from consumers.

Wadeema’s Law further spells out the consequences for anyone caught selling tobacco items to minors, including cigarettes, pipe tobacco, or loose tobacco. These penalties can include both a fine and a jail term.

The law specifies that anyone who disobeys Clauses 1 and 3 of Article (21) would be penalised with a minimum three-month sentence in jail and/or a minimum Dh15,000 fine.

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