The Interior Ministry said in a nationwide notice that the smoking ban aimed to ensure citizens comply with rules to wear protective masks properly in public because people were seen to lower them while smoking.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched several projects and initiatives to elevate awareness about smoking risks and to encourage smokers to quit.
Smokers are most likely to develop severe health complications if they get infected with COVID-19 disease, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, has provided support to over 4,300 people who wanted to quit smoking.
Just one vaping session can cause stress that leads to serious lung damage and puts a person at risk for heart or neurological disease.
"Women smokers who get married end up divorced because they are not accepted by their in-laws," Member National Assembly (MNA), Nausheen Hamid, said at a session on the use of tobacco in Islamabad.
Smoking kills approximately 4,500 to 5,000 people every year in New Zealand, with around 12 to 13 deaths every day due to smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke, she added.