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Smokers Cough Up $2 million In Fines

Smokers Cough Up $2 million In Fines
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July 03
12:03 2015

A total of $2,094,704.25 has been collected by the National Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit over the past five years.

This was revealed by the Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit’s acting manager Nafiz Ali while presenting on the World No Tobacco Day ceremony at Holiday Inn Suva yesterday.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said that a health survey in Fiji concluded that over 55 per cent of children aged 13-15 reported having adults smoking in their vicinity within the past week.

“Tax and price policies are widely recognised as among the most effective means of reducing demand for consumption of tobacco products,”Mr Usamate said.

The Tobbacco Unit acting manager Mr Ali said: “This revenue has been generated through collection of Cigarette Registration fees, Suki licence fees, Cigarette Manufacturers and Importers licence fees and from payment of fines by offenders,”Mr Ali said.

“We also book offenders who sell single rolls, selling of cigarette to children under the age of 18 and this year, for the past six months, we have been able to collect $432,805.00,”he said.

Mr Ali said 210 people have been booked for the past six months this year by the Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit.

“To date, Ministry of Health and Medical Servicers has currently declared seven villages as tobacco free villages and 42 villages declared their tobacco free community halls.”




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