SR 5,000 Fine, Job Termination for smoking at public places

Anybody who is found smoking near the mosques or the sports, educational, health, social, cultural, and charity institutions will be fined a minimum of SAR 200 and a maximum of SAR 5,000.

This same rule will also be applicable to the areas which include public transportation, oil production, food and beverage processing, water utilities, elevators, and any nonsmoking areas in the business establishments.

This new regulation also strictly bans the sale of tobacco or related products to those individuals who are below the age of 18.

If any of the locations or sites mentioned above do have an allocated smoking area, those in charge must ensure that it is isolated and that all individuals below the age of 18 are banned from entering there.

The new regulations have put in place eight different methods in order to limit the sales of tobacco such as the cigarettes cannot be sold through any vending machine and cannot be sold inside public transportation.

Meanwhile, the HR Ministry has also stated that if an employee is found smoking at the workplace in the non-smoking designated area, it is a fair ground for his dismissal.

Source: Arab News

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