Wednesday, January 6, 2010

UAE-wide smoking ban y'all

UAE-wide smoking ban comes into force - The National Newspaper

Good call on the banning smoking in cars with kids, too. I for one am thrilled - this part of the world has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to lung and respiratory health and this is a major and decisive step. It's not clear, but I hope this in bars too - selfishly, because I made a New Year's Resolution to stop the social smoking habit that was resurrected in a big way after moving here.

And while I am a big fan of the democratic process, having covered the painful implementation of and fallout from the smoking ban in Ottawa, Canada's capital, about 10 years ago, it is fascinating to watch a country do it Middle East, it shall be done style: that is no discussion, no public consultation or say, no real warning and no details about how it's going to happen.

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