People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- November 2, 2009
Syria’s president recently announced the country will ban smoking in public places within the next six months – adding the nation to the increasing anti-smoking trend in Arab countries.
will be banned in restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theatres, schools, official
functions and on public transport. The ban will even limit places where Syrians
can smoke water pipes, known locally as argileh, which is a rare restriction in
the Arab world. Ban offenders will be fined 2,000 Syrian pounds (about $US 45.00).
Tobacco advertising and the sale and import of sweets and toys modeled after tobacco products will also be banned.
The ban reflects Syria's desire to join other Arab countries struggling to control smoking with bans and anti-smoking campaigns. These laws are difficult to enforce in the tobacco-loving Arab world, where people smoke freely in public places such as offices, universities, taxis and even hospitals.