Sharjah: Sharjah is studying a law to ban the sale of tobacco at groceries in residential areas where schools are located, an official said on Tuesday.

Nada Al Suwaidi, Director of the Government Communications Department at Sharjah Municipality, said the law will soon be issued to ban selling cigarettes at groceries close to schools. The move comes in response to complaints by school administrations about the spread of the sale of banned substances in groceries around schools.


She said that health inspectors will closely monitor the sale of tobacco products and niswar in school surroundings.


Nada urged all members of the public to cooperate and notify competent bodies at the municipality about any negative phenomena they observe. She said that people trading in such substances can prove to be difficult to find, especially if the substances are being sold in homes or inside groceries. She added that the municipality will use the necessary channels to contact the police if the need arises.


Nada said that the public can report any incidents or wrongdoings on the toll free number (993). She added that the municipality will deal with reports with full anonymity, if so requested by the individual.