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1 In Jail For Breach

A man in the Central Division was imprisoned to the Suva Corrections Centre for 25 days last Wednesday after failing to pay his fine of $267.25 for smoking in a
16 Jun 2015 11:18
1 In Jail For Breach

A man in the Central Division was imprisoned to the Suva Corrections Centre for 25 days last Wednesday after failing to pay his fine of $267.25 for smoking in a non-smoking zone.

The Ministry of Health’s spokesperson, Sunil Chandra, said Seru Beraki was directed by Resident Magistrate V. Lal to serve his prison term.

“He was handed over to Police to be escorted to the Suva Corrections Centre,” Mr Chandra said.

He said to date three offenders were serving prison terms, two for selling cigarette rolls and one for smoking in a prohibited smoking zone.

Last week the National Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit managed to locate four other offenders, who later paid their fines.

“These were Kabir Feroz who paid $150, Mohammed Feroz who paid $250, Mohammed Shameem who paid $1300 and Vilivo Tuinukumoto who paid $70 with a balance of $197 to be paid before the end of the month,” Mr. Chandra said.

Meanwhile, the unit has so far booked and fined 165 people for breaking Tobacco Control Regulations. Unit’s acting manager, Nafiz Ali, said out of this 165, about 58 were caught selling cigarette rolls and the rest for smoking in public places.

“Apart from that we’ve also fined owners of registered retail shops, that is, canteens, dairy shops, kiosks for not displaying the no-smoking sign,”

“It is the responsibility if the owner or person in charge to display a non-smoking sticker. Failure to display the no-smoking sticker will result in a fine of $1000,” Mr Ali said.

He said if retail shop owners don’t prevent people from smoking in that public property they were liable to another $1000 for failing to ensure that no one smokes in a public place.

 

PEOPLE FINED LAST WEEK

– Kabir Feroz- $150

– Mohammed Feroz- $250,

– Mohammed Shameem- $1300

– Vilivo Tuinukumoto- paid $70, balance $197 payable end of month

– Seru Beraki– serving 25 days as he was unable to pay his fine of $267.25

 

‘Respect No Smoking Zones’

The Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit is pleading with the public to respect areas marked as ‘no smoking zones’.

This is after the unit reportedly booked and fined 165 people for breaking the Tobacco Control Regulations.

Unit acting manager Nafiz Ali said people needed to know that they (the unit) can’t be there all the time to keep an eye on everyone.

“Everybody has to understand the unit doesn’t operate on a 24/7 basis. Like any other civil servant we work 8am to 4.30pm,” Mr Ali said.

“We can monitor people during working hours but not at night. There are a lot of places where smokers have the liberty to smoke; let’s have courtesy for our non-smokers.”

Mr Ali said there would be no leniency shown to those who break the Tobacco Control Regulations.

 

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