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Egypt orders implementation of smoking ban indoors

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Pretoria, South Africa, on 25 May 2019. [MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images]
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly in Pretoria, South Africa, on 25 May 2019 [MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images]

The Egyptian government yesterday issued directives to all ministers and governors to implement a law that prevents smoking in public buildings.

In an official statement, Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, called on all government bodies "to take the necessary measures to activate the mechanisms required for implementing the law."

According to Masrawy, the law included a "complete ban on smoking inside health and educational facilities, government buildings, sports and social clubs, youth centres, as well as other places that were also announced by the health minister."

"The Manager of any of those buildings shall implement all necessary measures to prevent smoking," the law outlines, warning that they would be fined between 1,000 and 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($63.58-$1,271.60) for "violating the rules".

Smokers who flaunt the ruling may be fined between 50-100 Egyptian pounds ($3.18-$6.36).

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