Smokers in The UAE are facing stiff fines including prison it was reported last week.
Fines up to 1,000,000 million AED (about 300,000USD) will be ordered if individuals
or companies decide to ignore the new law.
The law includes a ban on the sale of cigarettes to those under the age of 18, and
smoking in a private car with a child under the age of 12 aboard, according to the Gulf News.
The ban includes smoking in closed public places, shopping malls schools,
Universities, Transit and other public venues as well as Hospitals and Care Homes.
We can all agree that smoking is bad but on the other hand how much power (money)
will it take so we do not smoke in our own private vehicles?
I would think that is a very controversial subject to say the least.
No problem with upping the price of cigarettes , as that is a personal choice whether we
will purchase the world wide vice or not.
But to get into our own private area may cause some people to questions their rights.
A fine is all well and good but there are many hard working individuals that come from the third world that give all
of their hard earned money back home to their families. They have little to spare on themselves. Now they are pretty much
hooped if they ever did get a fine………Something to think about.