14kg paan, niswar seized in two years

The Dubai Customs succeeded to foil 174 attempts to smuggle 13.9kg of niswar and paan (types of chewing tobacco) worth over Dh26,000 into the country through the Dubai International Airport over the last two years.



Published: Fri 30 Mar 2012, 1:37 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:45 AM

According to a senior official, 174 passengers were implicated in the seizures.

“The seized paan and niswar are normally sold against Dh5 per piece, yet the price rises to Dh10 because of the strict prohibition,” Ali Al Mugahwi, Director of Airport Operations Department at the Dubai Customs, told Khaleej Times on Wednesday. “Some 94 seizures, weighing 5kg, were done in 2010 against 80 in 2011, weighing 8.9kg,” he added.

Niswar is outlawed as per the Dubai Municipality circular No 23/2003 while paan is banned as per the local directive No 11/2003- Article 66 because of their harmful impact on public health.

“Chewers of these substances also leave ugly marks on the ground and walls distorting the image of the city.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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