Cabinet okays national drive against smoking

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Cabinet okays national drive against smoking

The campaign reflects the UAE leadership’s keenness to protect the health of all members of the community and provide a healthy environment as well.

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Published: Mon 30 Mar 2015, 11:29 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:19 PM

Abu Dhabi — The UAE Cabinet on Sunday approved the launch of a national campaign to fight smoking and raise awareness about the dangers of smoking and the ingredients used.

The campaign reflects the UAE leadership’s keenness to protect the health of all members of the community and provide a healthy environment as well. The cabinet urged concerted national efforts to end this issue.

Federal and local governments will take part in the campaign, including Ministries of Interior, Health, Education and Environment and the National Media Council.

The Cabinet held its meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, and it was attended by Lt-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Embassy in Nepal: At the International level, the Cabinet endorsed the opening of the UAE Embassy in Nepal, which reflects the UAE’s foreign policy to foster relations worldwide.

GCC products: The Cabinet also endorsed the issuance of unified rules for the government giving priority to purchasing products manufactured in the country and Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Wold Bank office: The Cabinet approved the issuing of a decree to host the office of the World Bank for Reconstruction and Development in the UAE, which will be based in Abu Dhabi.

The UAE Government is keen to boost and promote the country as a global economic hub by attracting international organisations to benefit from expertise to support its development strategies.

Quran centres: The Cabinet also endorsed issuing a federal law on Holy Quran memorisation centres to regulate the licensing and activities of them to improve their work.

Standardisation and metrology: On the organisational aspect, the Cabinet approved restructuring of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology to be chaired by the Minister of Environment and Water.

It will include members representing the Ministries of Interior, Economy and Energy, as well as the Federal Customs Authority, Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, The Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones, Dubai Municipality, and Sharjah Economic Development Department.

Arabic council: The Cabinet also approved the restructuring of the Arabic Language Advisory Council, to be chaired by Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development.

It will include members representing writers and media persons in the UAE.



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