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The only true hard balls ban is a ban of import on tobbaco…. which no country has the courage and good intentions to do.
Why should we lay it down on the end user with all these temptations around….
If governments are implementing, enforcing, means they want the ban….ok….ban the import…that simple….
otherwise….go play somewhere else.
I agree with Makhraz, what is the point of a smoking ban in private businesses, when the government will still profit off of taxes off of the sale of tobacco? And btw, the only country in the world that has taken the full step of regulation against tobacco is the Asian country of Bhutan, which banned the sale of tobacco, in addition to banning the usage of it in private businesses.
That said, I hope that in the end, Dubai decides against banning smoking everywhere. Ban smoking in public buildings(i.e. government buildings) if you must, but leave private businesses alone on this issue. Ultimately, I feel the best thing Dubai’s government should do is to let such businesses decide the smoking issue on their own, since NO ONE is forced to enter a privately-owned business allowing smoking against their will.