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No sale of tobacco products to under 18s

Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh It is prohibited to sell tobacco products to persons under the age of 18, in accordance with regulations issued by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing (MOMRA).

The Ministry has set the conditions for the use of stores selling tobacco products, and these regulations have been posted on the “Istitlaa” platform of the National Competitiveness Center, seeking public opinions and suggestions vis-à-vis the regulations .

These rules aim to regulate stores authorized to sell tobacco products such as shisha stores, regular and electronic cigarettes, their derivatives and accessories; as well as to ensure the safety and quality of these products.

According to the terms and conditions, those who wish to engage in the business of selling tobacco products must have obtained a municipal license, in accordance with the Municipal Licensing Procedures Act and its regulations.

Similarly, those under 18 are not allowed to enter the tobacco shop or buy these products. The seller has the right to ask the buyer to provide proof that he has reached the age of 18. Shops are not allowed to operate after 12 p.m. except after obtaining a work permit for 24-hour operation. This condition is not applicable during the holy month of Ramadan and on public holidays.

The terms and conditions include that stores are obliged to sell cigarettes in a closed pack with a maximum number in a pack not exceeding 20 cigarettes. It is not permitted to sell tobacco products by the pill, and it is prohibited to retail by the kilo or in part.

It is prohibited to make a discount on the price of tobacco or any of its derivatives or to display them among free promotional offers such as gifts, prizes or in the form of supplies of samples to any of the purposes.

It is also prohibited to sell or display any of the products containing raw or manufactured tobacco or any of its derivatives in all means of public transport such as vehicles, buses, trains, ships, boats and planes.

The requirements stipulated the prohibition to import, sell or display any product bearing direct or indirect advertising for tobacco and its derivatives. It is also prohibited to use tobacco residues resulting from smoking or tobacco on which operations have been carried out that lead to a deterioration in its quality or characteristics during smoking. The regulations prohibit the use of any name or symbol, sign or image on tobacco products in a manner contrary to public order.

According to the regulations, tobacconist workers must wear a uniform, and it must be clean with the name of the store indicated on it. Employees must stop working if they are infected with a disease and they do not return to work until the disease is completely cured.

The requirements also state that there should be restrooms and washrooms for workers, as long as they contain chairs and a prayer area. It is also forbidden to sleep or relax inside the store, in addition to eating, drinking and smoking in places other than those intended for it.

The regulations state that it is prohibited to display tobacco products and merchandise on the floor or front of the store or on wooden and plastic pallets, but rather are displayed in an orderly manner on shelves and metal and rustproof drawers. There should be warning signs inside the store explaining the dangers of using tobacco products, the ministry said in its regulations.