Government Imposes Ban on Tobacco Oral Use, and couple days after, it lifts the ban

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The government of Somaliland has issued contracting directives that could be a confusing to the public at large. The government recently issued a directive which imposed a total ban on Tobacco Oral Use trade in the country. This was disclosed in an official letter issued by the Director General of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud alias Abdek.

Mr. Abdek issued the directive on the 13th April, 2020 which placed a complete ban on TOU trade in Somaliland. The DG informed all agencies to enforce the ban with immediate effect. On the other hand, the DG, Abdirahman, issued another confusing directive in which he lifted the ban on the TOU trade in Somaliland.

Somaliland people were taken aback with the decisions that were contradicting one an other. The World Health Organization (WHO) put TOU among the banned items due to be the number cause of lung cancer around the globe. Doctors were concerned over the hasty decision from Somaliland government to lift the ban without further consultations into the matter.

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