Strict Control on Tobacco Products

Published on January 6th, 2010 14:01

Extending the control on tobacco products, the UAE has implemented strict quality control codes on the main injurious ingredients in cigarettes. For example, thanks to anti-tobacco regulations smoking in the United States has gradually declined, however about one in five Americans still smoke.

Under the new regulations, levels of nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide in each cigarette brand available in the UAE cannot prevailed the maximum set of international standards.

Health officials explained that however there are no safe levels of these harmful elements in cigarettes, the new move will control smuggling which is also among the key items covered in the upcoming National Anti-Tobacco Law.

Mohamed Badri, acting director general of the Metrology Authority said: “According to the Ministry of Economy’s findings, there are various substandard cigarette products in the country which must be controlled. They are scared of regulations but we have agreed on transparency and have held a number of meetings with them to clarify the new methods that they will be needed to follow.”

Statistics show that the annual consumption of cigarettes in the UAE was estimated to be around 6 billion sticks in volume worth $309 million. “We don’t have bad or good cigarettes but when we refer to smokes, we may be making it somewhat safer for the public,” declared Dr. Wedad Al Maidoor, head of the National Tobacco Control Committee at the Ministry of Health.

However anti-tobacco researchers are sure that the new regulations would help put an end to smuggling of substandard products. From a health point of view, it is not recommended to have low or high tar cigarettes, because all are bad. But fortunately these regulations will mean tougher examinations in the market, and lesser availability of harmful products.

In general low grade cigarettes are chiefly sold in local groceries and supermarkets, especially in areas inhabited by blue collar workers and laborers. This class of buyer is usually unconscious of the nature of these cigarettes and is misled into their purchase by attractive prices. “The state authorities plan also to implement the pictorial warnings on tobacco products. By next month we will finalize what kind and how long the pictorial warning will stay on the cigarette pack,” explained researchers.

So only tougher controls on tobacco products will decrease smoking among people, especially among teenagers.

By Joanna Johnson, Staff Writer Copyright © 2010 TobaccoPub. All rights reserved.

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