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13 Roll Sellers Spot Fined For $1000

  Out of the 182 people fined for committing tobacco-related offences, 13 individuals were spot-fined for $1000 for selling single cigarette rolls. This was confirmed by acting manager of the
04 Jun 2016 10:19
13 Roll Sellers Spot Fined For $1000
Acting manager Tobacco control unit, Ministry of Health and Medical Services Nafiz Ali. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

 

Out of the 182 people fined for committing tobacco-related offences, 13 individuals were spot-fined for $1000 for selling single cigarette rolls. This was confirmed by acting manager of the Tobacco Control Unit Nafiz Ali.

“This year we have noted that the common offence committed were the sale of single cigarettes,” Mr Ali said.

“Our message to the public is to adhere to the law or face the consequences.

“Do not sell single cigarette rolls; do not smoke in no-smoking zones, registered owners and persons in-charge of designated no-smoking public places to ensure no person smokes in their premises.”

Mr Ali in outlining the stats from January to May this year said 169 retailers in Fiji had been spot-fined.

“Our messages to the retailers are to ensure that a ‘no-smoking’ and ‘no sale of cigarette to under 18 year’ signages are clearly and conspicuously displayed at point of sale,” Mr Ali said.

He said some of the other common offences and spot fines were as follows:

–              Smoking in designated no-smoking public places – spot fine $200

–              Failure by owners of public places (example, eating houses, amusement centres) to prevent people from smoking in that premises – spot fine $1000

–              Failure by retailers to display “No selling of cigarette to under 18” signage at point of sale – spot fine $1000

–              Failure by retailers to display “No-smoking” signage inside shops – spot fine $1000

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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