8 things to know about Anti-tobacco laws of Saudi Arabia

Since June 2016, a Royal Decree upon the anti-tobacco regulations has been in practice in Saudi Arabia. There are some specific and strict laws upon the use of tobacco in the country to which all must get familiar to avoid severe circumstances.

Heavy fines from SR 200 to SR 5,000 are imposed on those who violate the law and the fines collected are used to raise awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco or tobacco-related products. Here is a brief of the anti-tobacco law of Saudi Arabia:

  1. Smoking is not permissible near certain locations. One cannot smoke near schools, mosques, health centers and facilities, sports centers and facilities, cultural, economic and charity institutions. Anyone found violating this law shall be fined.
  2. Smoking is prohibited at public transports, food and drink outlets, water utilities, elevators, malls, and non-smoking zones.
  3. People below 18 years old cannot buy tobacco or its products. No one in Saudi Arabia can sell tobacco and its products to people below 18 years of age.
  4. In KSA, one cannot register patents against tobacco, reduce prices of tobacco or gift tobacco.
  5. No one can import tobacco to KSA. Similarly selling and entry of tobacco and its products is prohibited.
  6. No toys or sweets that resemble tobacco and its products can be imported or sold in KSA.
  7. Tobacco cannot be farmed and cultivated in KSA.
  8. Cigarettes shall be sold in packets only: they cannot be sold through vending machines or at public transportation.

As responsible citizens of KSA, all individuals, groups, and agencies shall make a pledge and effort to reduce smoking in Saudi Arabia.

How many cigarettes can I bring to Saudi Arabia?

Every passenger traveling to Saudi Arabia (irrespective of age) from all around the world can bring any of the following;

  • 600 cigarettes or;
  • 100 cigars or;
  • 500 grams of tobacco.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.