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589 Booked By Tobacco Unit

More than 500 people have been booked so far for the illegal sale of cigarette rolls. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Control Unit manager, Aminiasi Tavui.
02 Nov 2014 12:13
589 Booked By Tobacco Unit
Aminiasi Tavui.

More than 500 people have been booked so far for the illegal sale of cigarette rolls.

This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Control Unit manager, Aminiasi Tavui.

Mr Tavui said they were aware that some small homes and canteens were selling cigarette rolls and they had imposed $1000 fines on them.

“Ever since the enforcement of the $1000 fine in 2011, we have managed to book 589 offenders to date,” Mr Tavui said.

“Most of them have been registered or issued with Certificate of Registration to sell tobacco products, whilst the others are not and have been charged also for retailing tobacco products without being registered.”

He said the unit had only issued 300 licences to Fijian suki vendors but for tobacco registration certificates they had issued close to 4300 to tobacco retailers.

He said they had also been monitoring this throughout the country.

“We have been monitoring the illegal sale of cigarettes through surveillance and also the quarterly reports that the manufacturer and the importers are submitting to the Tobacco Control & Enforcement Unit,” Mr Tavui said.

“The fine imposed to offenders is quite hefty and if they are doing such illegal activity then they should be ready to pay the fines when caught by enforcement officers.”

“To those still selling cigarette rolls; you may be gaining a lot of money from a cigarette packet but it is an illegal activity. Please refrain from it and do the right thing by selling cigarette packets only as approved by the Ministry of Health,” he said.

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