The public health and safety department of Dubai Municipality has announced that the civic body will observe the World No Tobacco Day, which falls on May 31, with a wide range of activities in the different locations of Dubai.
Eng. Marwan Al Mohammed, director public health and safety department said around 500 shops of different groups have joined their hands with civic body to stop selling tobacco products on coming Saturday for 24 hours from midnight to midnight.
‘According to WHO, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80% of these preventable deaths will be among people living in low-and middle-income countries,’ Al Mohammed said.
‘The ultimate goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protecting present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental and economic scourges of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke,’ he said.
‘Our initiative is aimed at highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The campaign mainly targets youth as most of the people start smoking at an early age. The campaign focuses on the importance of healthy life style, and also highlights the efforts of the Municipality in providing free treatment to the employees who are smokers and follow up until they quit smoking,’ he explained.
Ahmad Saeed Al Naqaz, public safety officer and campaign coordinator, said: ‘The civic body has been organizing this ‘Day without Tobacco’ drive in Dubai for the fifth consecutive year.
‘This year we have prepared a range of programmes and activities with the support of participating shops and entities in most strategic locations of Dubai, such as big malls, cinemas, hyper markets…etc,’ he said.
‘It’s worth mentioning that Emirates, ENOC and EPPCO petrol stations, Hyper Panda, Al Safeer, News Center, Kadoli, Spinney’s, Waitrose, Carrefour, Zoom, Jian, Choithram, Lulu, Maya, Family, West Zone, J- Mart, Fresh Plus, Talal, Lifco, KM Trading, Baqer Mohabi, Shaklan, Sunrise, Galaxy, Wow Pinoy, Masco, Grand Mart, New Safetyway, Megamart, Tabeer, City Corner, Thomson, Wafa Al Madina, Mas, EMart, Majelan Al Madina are the main groups joined with us so far,’ he said.
‘In addition, Dubai Aquarium, Ski Dubai, Emirates Mall, Sky Dive Dubai and Vox Cinema also proudly joined the drive,’ he added.