Smoking Publicly To Attract N50,000 Fine
Health officials say more than 1 billion people around the world smoke and 5 million people die each year from tobacco-related illness, according to the World Health Organization.
Each 'drag' draws you a few seconds closer to your death.
Despite the 'smokers are liable to die young' warning placed on the product, the little billows can still be seen hovering over our heads even in Mega Cities.
To end this trend, the Ministry of Health has launched a campaign to ban smoking in public places including motor parks, shopping malls and health care centres.
In a communiqué, the ministry 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.
The communiqué read, “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.
“Public places where smoking is prohibited by law in Nigeria include: child care facilities, educational facilities, health care facilities, playgrounds/amusement parks, public parks (gardens), stadia, restaurants/bars, public transportation parks and plazas.
“The Federal Ministry of Health is committed to the fight to ensure a tobacco-free Nigeria, and will in the weeks and months ahead actively collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure enforcement of the Act, and with the National Assembly to ensure that necessary supporting regulation is passed.”