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Egypt bans smoking across all health facilities

Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar permanently banned smoking in all Egyptian health facilities – those providing treatment, preventive or rehabilitative services – and any bodies affiliated to the Ministry of Health.

The move aims to preserve the health and safety of citizens from the dangers of smoking.

Abdel Ghaffar said that the decision to ban smoking also comes to implement the provisions of Law #154 of 2007, which was amended by some provisions of Law #52 of 1982.

These laws govern the prevention of smoking harms, and includes a final ban on smoking of all kinds within various health and educational facilities, government agencies, clubs, social centers, youth centers and others.

The director in charge of these facilities is committed to taking the necessary measures to prevent smoking within these facilities as per the decision.

The director who breaches the directive shall be punished by a fine of not less than LE1,000 and not more than LE20,000, and the smoker shall also be punished with a fine of not Less than LE50 and no more than LE100.

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