Abu Dhabi authorities seize more than 500kg of illegal tobacco

Abu Dhabi Municipality confiscates more than half a tonne of neswar - a Pakistani chewing tobacco.

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Abu Dhabi Municipality has seized more than half a tonne of Pakistani chewing tobacco - known as neswar - and substances used in its manufacture from an unlicensed, makeshift plant in Mussafah.

Jassim Mubarak Al Dhaheri, head of the Municipality's industrial areas operations office, noted that some of the chemicals used to make neswar, such as limestone, are dangerous and toxic.

The confiscated tobacco was incinerated.

Inspectors also found an illegal wooden housing facility where more than 40 workers lived.