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Posted On: 1 May 2016 11:47 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:16 pm

New hotline for complaints against public smoking

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Taking a stricter step towards curbing the practice of people smoking inside Qatar’s shopping malls, authorities have launched a new tobacco hotline for the public to report offenders.

Residents in can now call the number 5030 2001 and lodge complaints that include smoking in public places or observing stores selling tobacco to children. These reports will then be investigated, Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) said.

In order to make sure that there is no smoking inside Malls, a squad of inspectors will be patrolling the most popular malls and fine people on-the-spot for the offense.

This team of eight inspectors will be working in two shifts between 10am and 10pm and will target the malls where indoor smoking is most common, namely Landmark, City Center, Villaggio and Ezdan malls, a representative at the hotline told Doha News. Offenders caught by the inspectors will be given a QR500 fine on the spot.