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Massive crack down on smokers inside Avenues mall; 50 KD fine

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Massive crack down on smokers inside Avenues mall; 50 KD fine

In a broad crackdown campaign on violators of law banning smoking in public places, joint teams from the Environment Public Authority and environment police toured the Avenues mall, and issued on-site-citations for violators.

"The campaign is meant to enforce provisions of the environment protection law which bans smoking in public places," EPA Director General Sheikh Abdullah Ahmad Al-Humoud Al-Sabah in a statemnent to reporters during the campaign. He added that the inspectors and environment police have issued on-the-site citations for dozens of the violators, both nationals and expats. Sheikh Abdullah clarified that the EPA has launched an intensive awareness campaign in the mall ahead of today's move.

The law-breakers will be fined KD 50 for the first instance and KD 100 for repeat offenses and would be given a 15-day ultimatum to pay the fine or be referred to prosecution, he said.

For his part, the EPA Deputy Director General for Technical Affairs Eng. Mohammad Al-Enezi unveiled that 30 inspectors and policemen have participated in Friday's campaign. He lauded people and store's abidance by the law, noting that violators are only a small minority. Al-Enezi stated that the inspectors have also instructed stores and Tabaco vendors to remove advertisements that breach article No. 56 of the law.

The mall's administration was also asked to remove some smoking rooms which do not meet relevant standards, he said.

Meanwhile, Head of the Environment Police Department Lieutenant Colonel Hussein Al-Ajmi said that the Environment Police have prioritized the Avenues due to its importance as one of the main tourist destinations in Kuwait.

He stressed that malls' visitors should enjoy their shopping and entertainment experience in a pollution-free environment. He warned that stores and restaurants that violate the law would pay fine of KD 5,000.

Kuwait has issued a law banning smoking and shisha (hooka) in all public places, including airports, cafes, restaurants, shopping centers and recreational areas.

The ban issued upon a recommendation from the health authorities covers all forms of tobacco and is applicable in all areas of the country. The ban was attributed to promoting public health and preserving people's safety. Under the ban, cafes, restaurants and hotels have to allocate a secluded area for smokers.

The authorities warned that non-compliance with the ban could result in legal action against violators and announced that inspectors will monitor all public places to ensure full respect for the new rules.

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Professor Nandakumar Moorkath
Sunday, March 13, 2016
This is a wonderful initiative, and should be extended to all super markets, public places frequented by the public, restaurants, bus stops,buses, shops,etc,etc too. Smokers not only injure their health, but also others arund them since tobacco smoke blown out by the smokers can cause dangerous health problems to passive smokers, especially children and those allergic to tobacco smoke and those having asthma and other breathing disorders too. Banning tobacco and tobacco products can help millions and millions of residents and citizens to fight and prevent fatal diseases such as cancer, heart attacks, lung and liver and kidney problems too.

Sunday, March 13, 2016
Thank you for finally implementing smoking in malls. Please would request if you can banned smoking near the bus stop. Its so disgusting to watch people smoke like they are ruling the whole bus stop which is a big nuiscance and health consciousness where the non smokers cant breathe properly.

Non Smoker
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Better deport
Spoiling envoirnment and self health.

Shumaila Khan
Saturday, March 12, 2016
What about you those car smokers who smokes and throw the burning cigarettes on the road while driving. They are the most dangerous than smokers in Malls.

Non smoker
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Thank you thank you thank you a hundred times. These smoking chimney brats spoil the whole atmosphere during malling as well as other places with stinky smell. N whats more they think they look can u look macho injuring others health especially kids..I hope a million kd will be collected as fines. Also increase price of per pack to Kd.5. It will add handsomely to the economy.

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