The number of people visiting Smoking Cessation Clinics in 2018 rose by 47 per cent as compared to the year 2016, the ministry said in its achievement report released on the occasion of "World No Tobacco Day," which falls on May 31 every year.
The Federal Tax Authority also called on consumers to ensure that there are digital tax stamps on tobacco packages that they are buying and inform the competent regulatory authorities should they discover any violating dealers.
An organisation with origins back to 1867 in Paris, France and the 19th century Tuberculosis Plague (one death in seven), released on Sunday 10 reasons for governments to continually pursue master plans to discourage children in getting attracted to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes/vapes) and other heated tobacco products (HTPs).
Tobacco companies are deliberately using "deadly" tactics to target children and get them hooked on smoking. 44 million children aged 13 to 15 were smoking, while many more pre-teens could be added to that number, the World Health Organization said
A commissioned 2019 global study has reflected that people want tobacco manufacturers to be more responsible in their research-and-development of new products as they also want governments to claw in more teeth into their tobacco use reduction programmes.
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.