Qatar bans motorists from smoking while children are in the vehicle


Qatar has introduced a new law that bans motorists from smoking while in a vehicle with an underage occupant.

According to the new law, a person who smokes while driving a vehicle which has an occupant under the age of 18 is punishable with a maximum fine of QR3,000.

Other legal restrictions on smoking

  • Smoking is banned inside closed public places.
  • Sale of tobacco, its derivatives or cigarettes at a distance of less than 1,000 metres from schools and other education or training centres is prohibited.
  • Plantation of tobacco in Qatar, in addition to its manufacturing or the manufacture of its derivatives, either by blending it with other substances, or packaging it in any form for any purpose such as circulation and sale is banned.

Each packet of tobacco, its derivatives or cigarettes must show an expiry date, and the warning and images of its harmful effects determined by the department concerned at the Ministry of Public Health.

  • The import, manufacture or use of the automated cigarette vending machines are banned.
  • Import, display, sale, distribution or manufacture of chewable tobacco, in any form or under any name is banned.
  • Import, display, sale, distribution, or manufacture of electronic cigarettes and shisha, and simulators of smoking tools is banned.
  • Import, display, sale, distribution, manufacture and consumption of sweika, a widely popular tobacco product in the region is banned.

Article 18 of Law No. 10 of 2016 on the control of tobacco and its derivatives was issued by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday.

According to Article 17, every individual who smokes tobacco, its derivatives or cigarettes or allows this at closed public areas, where smoking is banned, shall be punishable by a fine of not less than QR1,000 and not more than QR3,000.

– Published on: 12 October 2016

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