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442 booked for smoking in public

A total of 442 people have been booked for smoking in public places so far this year. The Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Control and Enforcement Unit, over the years, has
01 Nov 2015 11:23

A total of 442 people have been booked for smoking in public places so far this year.

The Ministry of Health’s Tobacco Control and Enforcement Unit, over the years, has taken about 1000 people to court for public smoking.

The enforcement officers are mobilised throughout the country to monitor the illicit trade and use of tobacco products.

However, unit acting manager Nafiz Ali said: “Random visits are common, mostly to attend to complaints and do snap checks which can be either day or night.”

The ministry has issued numerous reminders to members of the about the Tobacco Decree, and any breach of that will result in prosecution.

“The common offences are smoking in public places and PSV vehicles, sale of cigarette rolls, failure to display no-smoking signage and no selling of cigarette to persons Under-18 signage,” Mr Ali said.

“If people are found smoking in a no-smoking zone, no leniency will be shown and a spot fine of $200 will be given. All owners and persons incharge of retail shops and workplaces are to clearly and conspicously display no-smoking signs otherwise be subject to a spot fine of $1000 if found not complying,”

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