UAE to propose plain packaging for tobacco
senior health official, adding that the aim was to make the UAE 100 per cent smoke free in two years.
The proposal will be floated GCC-wide in two years when health officials will be required to revise packaging of all tobacco products.
The current packaging, introduced in mid-2012, requires manufacturers to cover 50 per cent of the cigarette packet with pictorial warnings both in Arabic and English that are used on a rotation basis to deter smokers.
Dr Wedad Al Maidoor, head of the UAE National Committee for Tobacco Control at the Ministry of Health (MoH), said a proposal to increase the current size of the display pictures from 50 per cent to 70 per cent was also being suggested. “We need a plainer packaging after two years,” she said.
“While we are making this suggestion, we are also going to push for a bigger size for pictures as an alternative,” added Dr Al Maidoor.
She said that by making the pictures cover 70 per cent of the cover and changing them often would make people know more about the dangers of smoking.