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Juice Vendors Caught Selling Cigarette Rolls, To Pay $1K Fine

“Our juice business does not even rake in $1000 in 21 days, so how then are we going to pay for these hefty fines.”
08 Aug 2019 11:08
Juice Vendors Caught Selling Cigarette Rolls, To Pay $1K Fine
Suva's bus stand.

Juice vendors caught selling loose cigarette sticks or “rolls” at the Suva Bus Stand were surprised when they were issued with a notice to pay a $1000 fine for breaching the Tobacco Fixed Penalty Notice.

Three vendors in Suva now have 21 days to pay the fine or face legal action. One of the three was issued two notices, meaning he would have to pay $2000.

The vendors raised their concerns yesterday saying paying the fine would be a struggle because their juice business was not doing well amid the cold weather.

One of the vendors, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Fiji Sun: “The fines are just too much. It would be okay if the fine was like $150, but we depend on what we sell here to put food on the table every day.

“Our juice business does not even rake in $1000 in 21 days, so how then are we going to pay for these hefty fines.”

The officers from the Ministry of Health who handed the vendors the notice also removed the cigarette packets and the money earned from daily sale of rolls.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete reiterated that if a person is found selling loose cigarettes sticks or cigarette rolls, he or she shall be liable to a fixed penalty.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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