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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Nigerian government slams heavy fine, jail term on public smoking



The Nigerian Government has launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places including motor parks, shopping malls and health care centres.
Ministry of Health in a communiqué yesterday said according to Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015, once convicted, offenders are liable to a fine of at least N50, 000 and/or six months’ imprisonment.
Tagged the Clean Air Campaign, the ministry said the law would be taken seriously to protect and promote the citizens’ right to health, life, physical integrity and safety.
It reads, “The World Health Organisation estimates that worldwide, second-hand tobacco smoke is currently responsible for the deaths of about 600,000 people yearly, 80 per cent of which occur in low-income and middle-income countries like Nigeria.
“Smoking in public places is now banned in Nigeria. Section 9 of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015 stipulates that offenders, once convicted, are liable to a fine of not less than N50,000 or not less than six months’ imprisonment, or both. Read more
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