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New anti-tobacco law expected soon

DOHA: The State Cabinet has taken steps to issue the much-anticipated anti-tobacco law that stipulates stricter punishment for smoking in closed public places.

The draft law has stipulated strict measures to curb the import and use of tobacco products and its derivatives and a ban on electronic cigarettes, “sweika” and other chewing tobacco.

The decision was taken by the Cabinet at its regular weekly session yesterday after noting the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the draft law.

The new law, once issued, will replace the existing anti-tobacco law (No. 20 of 2002).

The Cabinet endorsed its draft decision on establishing a standing committee to review the pricing of fuel in local markets.

The decision stipulates that the committee will be chaired by a representative of the Ministry of Energy and Industry and is to include representatives from authorities concerned as members.

The objective of the committee is to execute the government’s plan to liberalize fuel prices in the domestic markets, Qatar News Agency reported yesterday.

Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani chaired the session at the Emiri Diwan.

The session endorsed a draft Emiri decision on the organisational structure of the Foreign Ministry.

It agreed to the application of provisions of Law No. 24 of 2002 on the retirement and pension of Qatari employees of some entities.

The Peninsula

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