Tuesday, July 05, 2005
I can't believe that half way through the first decade of the 21st century, not only does Oman still not have any anti-smoking laws, we still allow tobacco adverts in the daily newspapers.
The anti-smoking law which the municipality promised last summer for enforcement by September 2004 never materialized. Smoking is still allowed in public places. The age limit on smoking exists only on paper and there's no enforcement to stop shops from selling cigarettes to under 18s or cafes from serving sheesha to youngsters. And today in most of the local newspapers there's a quarter-page ad for a new Marlboro product placed in the sports section since as you know nothing helps an athelete more than a little tobacco in the lungs.