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Oman Bans E-Cigarettes and Shisha Trade, Violators to Face Hefty Fines

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 09 January 2024
Oman Bans E-Cigarettes and Shisha Trade, Violators to Face Hefty Fines

The Sultanate of Oman has taken a significant step towards safeguarding public health by prohibiting the trade of electronic cigarettes, shisha, and associated accessories. This decision aligns with the global momentum recognizing potential health risks linked to vaping and shisha smoking.

Chairman's Directive for Consumer Safety

Chairman of the Consumer Protection Authority, His Excellency Sulayem bin Ali Al-Hakmani, issued Ministerial Decision No. 756/2023, firmly banning the circulation of these products within the country. This move underscores Oman’s ongoing commitment to shielding consumers from potential health hazards.

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Under the new directive, individuals or businesses found contravening the ban will face an administrative fine of up to OMR 1,000. For repeated violations, the penalty doubles. Additionally, ongoing violations will incur a daily fine of OMR 50, not exceeding a total of OMR 2,000. This strict penalty reflects the Sultanate’s unequivocal dedication to enforcing the ban.

Seizure and Disposal Protocol

All confiscated items, in adherence to the Consumer Protection Authority’s regulations, will be destroyed. This protocol emphasizes the nation's uncompromising stance against the trading of these prohibited items within Oman.

Decisive Policy Change

The decision, publicly announced through the Official Gazette, took immediate effect the day following its publication, signifying Oman’s firm commitment to prioritizing public health and safety.