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1000 fine for selling unsmoked tobacco in Samail


The Department of Consumer Protection in the governorate of Al-Dakhilia has recently imposed an administrative fine of OMR 1,000 against a cafe in Samail for violating the consumer protection law.



The Department received a notification that  a coffee shop in Samail sells unsmoked tobacco. The judicial inspectors immediately visited the coffee shop to verify the notification. Banned cigarettes and unsmoked tobacco were seized  and foodstuffs were found stored in the toilet. This is contrary to the Consumer Protection Law as they fail to meet health and safety requirements. The Department took the necessary action against the coffee shop and prepared a question report with the official who admitted to selling prohibited tobacco and cigarettes. He also admitted that he stored foodstuffs in the toilet.
As a result, the Department imposed an administrative fine of OMR 1,000 for the sale of unsmoked tobacco, based on Decision No. 301/2016 on the prohibition of the circulation of unsmoked tobacco. The café was also banned from storing foodstuffs in non-storage areas and referred to the public prosecution for investigation and take the necessary action against it.
The Public Authority for Consumer Protection calls upon all merchants and suppliers to abide by the provisions of the Consumer Protection Law and its executive regulations, and to abide by transparency and credibility, avoiding misleading false advertising when promoting goods and services and complying with the consumer's duties and rights.



 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law

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