Dubai Municipality will work with malls to stop smokers
Dubai cracks-down on e-cigarette use in malls
Dubai Municipality is teaming up with shopping malls to end e-cigarette use in the city's malls.
Mall security have been directed to clamp down on e-cigarette smoking indoors and at mall entrances, in response to customer complaints. The sale and import of e-cigarettes is banned in the UAE.
“In the case of people repeating these practices, the security officer has the right to resort to the police to take the necessary measures,” said Redha Salman, the director of the municipality’s public health and safety department.
The issue was raised during a “mini majlis” for the department and the private sector to promote community happiness. Escalator safety was also discussed.
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