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Minimum AED 5,000 Fine for Smoking Near Children in the UAE

Smoking while in the presence of children in the UAE may cost you a hefty fine of at least AED 5,000

Posted on

20 February 2024

Last updated on 21 February 2024
UAE Fine of AED 5,000 for smoking in the presence of children

Be mindful of where you choose to smoke in the UAE.

While the percentage of smokers in the UAE is less than that of the world average, it's not uncommon to see smokers in public, whether they're using cigarettes, vapes, or shisha.

If you smoke tobacco or nicotine, it's important to know that the UAE has strict rules in place to protect children against the harmful health effects of smoking.

This is because secondhand smokers (those who are exposed to smoke), also experience adverse health effects, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Here's what you need to know, to avoid harming children near you and to prevent a hefty legal penalty.

Smoking near a child is prohibited

As per the Wadeema Law concerning children's rights in the UAE, it is illegal to smoke in the presence of a child.

Smoking near a child who is below age 12 in any public or private car is prohibited. Smoking in the presence of a child while in any closed-off space or room is also against the law.

Those who are caught breaking the law will be slapped with a hefty fine of at least AED 5,000.

Is it illegal to smoke near children in the UAE?

Selling or giving tobacco to children in the UAE

Selling tobacco and nicotine products to minors (cigarettes, vape, shisha, etc.) is strictly prohibited in the UAE, and violators will be penalised with a fine of no less than AED 15,000 and/or imprisonment of at least 3 months.

Individuals who are selling tobacco products in the UAE are required to ask customers to show evidence they are at least 18 years old.

Selling alcoholic beverages to children is also illegal and carries the same penalties.