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health 85 Smokers Fined So Far This Year

$200 fine or 20 days in jail ZAFIYA SHAMIM Suva Lighting up at public places is costing some smokers more after 85 people were fined for smoking in public places
30 Mar 2014 09:11

$200 fine or 20 days in jail
ZAFIYA SHAMIM
Suva
Lighting up at public places is costing some smokers more after 85 people were fined for smoking in public places so far this year.
The Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Control Unit officer in charge, Aminiasi Tavui, said the numbers were fluctuating over the years.
“The Tobacco Control Regulation 2012 states that those found smoking in public places would be fined $200 to be paid within 21 days in default of 20 days in imprisonment,” Mr Tavui said.
“Our unit is creating awareness through community education, and the use of mass media.”
He said they were also conducting surveillance and enforcement duties – the core components of their work around towns, cities and rural areas.
“Smokers should always think of the non-smokers before they light up a cigarette roll.”
Mr Tavui said 80 per cent of deaths in Fiji reported in hospitals were from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) of which smoking was a leading cause.
“We advise smokers to quit before it’s too late.”
He said tobacco users who died prematurely deprived their families of income, raised the cost of health care and hindered economic development.
zafiya.shamim@fijisun.com.fj




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