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Written By : Ifereimi Corerega Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit Ministry of Health, Social Welfare . I would like to respond to Josua Mudreilagis comment (FS 21/5) regarding the issues of
06 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Ifereimi Corerega Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit Ministry of Health, Social Welfare . I would like to respond to Josua Mudreilagis comment (FS 21/5) regarding the issues of revenue generated from people caught smoking in no-smoking zones.
Public education on the hazards and health effects of smoking has been an integral part of the Ministry of Health’s campaign from the 1960s to 1990s.
It has been found to have little impact on reducing smoking consumption. However if coupled with legislative enforcement, the effect is greater.
The enactment of tobacco control legislation is one of the few strategies adopted to combat the tobacco menace. Each provision under the Act is put there in the true spirit of the law to protect everyone from the harmful effects of tobacco.
The fines in monetary value derived from those who continue to smoke in public places exposing members of the public to 4000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke cannot in any way replace a human lung or a life.
Thus it is important for people such as Mr Mudreilagi to understand that the tobacco control legislation has been enacted for a reason and ours is basically to protect lives. No more, no less.




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