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Tobacco Related Offences Increase

Enforcement officers strictly monitor licence holders, illegal sale of single cigarette rolls   The Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit (TCEU) of the Ministry of Health has registered a rise in the
03 May 2016 09:43
Tobacco Related Offences Increase
Minister for Health and MedicalServices Jone Usamate

Enforcement officers strictly monitor licence holders, illegal sale of single cigarette rolls

 

The Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit (TCEU) of the Ministry of Health has registered a rise in the illegal sale and use of tobacco products.

Thirty five people have been booked until March 31 this year while 162 people were prosecuted last year for similar offences.

Majority of the offences include smoking in public places and the sale of single cigarette rolls while the licence holders of selling tobacco products are being monitored regularly.

Tobacco control enforcement officers will continue spot checks to monitor illegal sale and use of tobacco products.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate said they would not tolerate tobacco related offences and offenders would be taken to task.

“Tobacco smoking remains one of the high risk factors for the ever increasing non-communicable diseases in the country such as heart diseases, cancer and many more,” Mr Usamate said.

“We advise people to quit the deadly habit so that we can breathe clean and fresh air.”

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

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