Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Disgusting

cigarette ad

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.

9 comments:

Blue Chi said...

That's sad. I wonder, do other countries in the GCC have better anti-smoking laws?

Samyah said...

I suppose they are waiting for a thousand cases of lung cancer to be diagnosed one year for them to do something about it?

Oman is behind in law enforcment and awareness. Andother law that bothered me when we moved here was the carseat for babies, I wonder if they've created a law for it but I doubt it. And even if they did they would take another couple of years to actually enforce it.

CrazyReD said...

it's bad in Oman but it's badin other places to like here in the US kids smoke weed and buy cigs w/o having thier id's checked

Sowhat said...

well ,,, there is no reall anti smoking rules here i really agree with you .. but still there is somethign about banning smoking in hospitals , ministries , some resturants ..

blue chi well i dont think we have any anti smoking laws in kuwait .. and if we have any it is only in paper ..

illogicist said...

Just curious as to the laws of smoking when it comes to private establishments, i.e. shops and businesses

Petite For Life said...

Dubai - UAE tried to enfforce it, but they changed the law at the end, for unknown reasons.

3omani said...

I'm surprised. I was under the impression that smoking ads were banned in public places. I assumed that there were silimar laws regarding publications

PeTiTa said...

You are so right, smoking is getting really bad these days and especially the ads and the people that smoke indoors! By the way I love your blog and I've been reading it for awhile you are people with beautiful hearts =)

Blue Chi said...

There was a massive article in "Al-Khaleej" (The Emarati Arabic paper) about how Oman is going to fight smoking. They mentioned a lot of new regulations that will be implemented regarding smoking, sheesha, even stuff that are chewed and other ones inhaled (nshooq and afdhal - they used these arabic terms for them!). Anyway, they did not mention a single body that will actually enforce these laws or would actually receive complaints or impose fees anything. It was mostly about kids where one interesting point was prohibited selling sigarettes by singles instead of packs as it is claimed to be one of the reasons of increased smoking by kids because they said kids DON'T KNOW the danger of smoking (NOT BECAUSE IT IS UNHEALTHY FOR THEM). I thought of writing a long post about it, but I just got too lazy I guess, :P Sorry.