Dubai Municipality has honored Emirates General Petroleum Corporation "Emarat" for its active participation in the World No Smoking Day and its prompt response to stop the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at the Corporation's convenience stores during the day, in addition to the launching of awareness campaigns at Emarat's service stations in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
Dubai Municipality honored Mr. Mohammed bin Tameem, Retail Marketing Executive at the retail sales department of Emarat, who represented the Corporation on this occasion. Dubai Municipality acknowledged and honored other establishments that contributed on the day in a special event organized by the Municipality at its offices, which was attended by a number of the Municipality's officials and media personnel.
Dr. Rahma bin Mohamed Al Shamsi, Retail Sales Manager at Emarat, said that the Corporation's participation in this day arises from its deep belief in the importance of combating smoking which is one of this age’s most dangerous vices. Scientific research has shown that tobacco kills four million people around the world each year, and its negative effects do not only target the smoker, but his whole community as well. All these facts, in addition to other statistics, prove that smoking is extremely unhealthy habit.
Through its participation in this day, Emarat endeavored to call for combating smoking by all available means in order to remove it entirely. Emarat has also pointed out that the launch of No Smoking campaigns in its service stations aims to raise the awareness of the society regarding the dangers of smoking and its adverse effects on the smoker, his health and environment.
Emarat undertakes numerous procedures to ensure general safety and environment protection at all its stations. Smoking is forbidden in all Emarat's premises, the service stations are well equipped with fire extinguishers, and all of Emarat's staff are trained on first aid procedures and the use of fire equipment and emergencies.