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Unit Cracks Down On Tobacco Roll Sales, Smoking

More than 150 people have been charged so far this year for smoking in prohibited public places. This was revealed by the Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit (TCEU), which raised concerns
08 May 2015 09:05
Unit Cracks Down On Tobacco Roll Sales, Smoking
People are still seen smoking at no smoking zones at the Suva Market and bus stand area. Photos: Ronald Kumar

More than 150 people have been charged so far this year for smoking in prohibited public places.

This was revealed by the Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit (TCEU), which raised concerns on the increased sale of loose rolls – something that is also prohibited by law.

Tobacco Control Unit acting manager Nafiz Ali said there were a number of kiosks and canteens near the Suva Market caught selling single cigarette rolls to minors.

Anyone charged with this offence is liable for a fine of $1000 under Section 16 (2) of the Tobacco Control Decree 2010.

Meanwhile, Mr Ali said even though 153 people were charged this year, it is less than the 180 people charged around the same time last year.

This was one of the many concerns of the unit.

“The health representatives sometimes get cases being struck out simply because there is not enough staff to cater for the many cases that come up for the court case,” Mr Ali said.

Another concern is the failure to display no–smoking signage.

A person charged with smoking in prohibited public places is liable for a fixed penalty fine of $200 and $1000 to the owner of the premises for not displaying the signage.

The Ministry of Health’s message to those breaking tobacco laws is that once charged and if unable to pay their fines within 21 days then they will be prosecuted in the court of law.

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