February 1, 2023

The Progress and Socialism team presented a new bill aimed at tightening the ban on smoking, advertising and advertising of tobacco in places where people are located.

The Progress and Socialism group considered that this proposal refers to narrowing the space for normalizing the phenomenon of smoking, on the one hand, and protecting non-smokers, especially children and pregnant women, from the proven harms of passive smoking, on the other hand. .

Tobacco, according to the proposal, includes all materials intended for smoking, regardless of whether these materials consist entirely or in part of tobacco, including hookahs, cigars and electronic cigarettes.

The proposal aims to prevent smoking in all places, rooms and spaces, public and private, intended by their nature for common use, whether closed or open. Smoking is also prohibited near these places, as well as in places of temporary or temporary residence of several people.

The proposal aims to punish every person caught smoking tobacco, e-cigarette or waterpipe in places where smoking is prohibited with a fine of AED 300, and in case of recidivism, this fine will be increased to AED 600.

On the other hand, the proposal provided for the creation of smoking areas in the premises intended for the transport of passengers and outside the exhibition halls, in accordance with the conditions for the protection of non-smokers.

The proposal also prohibits advertising and advertising of tobacco, electronic cigarettes, hookahs and anything covered by these materials, by any means, in all media, communication and print media, visual, audio and print, including in various spaces of the Internet and through social networking sites.

The Progress and Socialism team proposes to punish anyone who advertises or promotes smoking, as well as encourages and incites it by any means of advertising, with a fine of 3,000 dirhams. This fine increases to 6000 dirhams in case of relapse.
On the other hand, the proposal provided for the distribution of income from fines in favor of health research. And the treatment of tobacco dependence and the prevention of smoking.

The introductory note to the proposal stated that, despite all the prevention campaigns, awareness-raising strategies and medical and scientific evidence of harm, addictive behaviors with serious medical, social, economic and psychological consequences continue to show a disturbing escalation, most notably among which addiction to smoking. Some statistics show that there are about 6 million smokers in Morocco, of which half a million are minors under the age of 18.

The memorandum states that about 41% of female and male citizens are passive smokers, while the percentage of exposure to passive smoking in public places and workplaces is about 35.6%.

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