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Niger govt to ban smoking in public

01 June 2013, 07:28

Minna - The Niger State Government  has  forwarded a bill to ban smoking in public as well as workplaces, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ibrahim Sule, has said.

Sukle gave this indication  at a news briefing in Minna on Friday to mark the 2013 World No Tobacco Day..

According to him, the ministry has forwarded the bill to the state Ministry of Justice for advice, from where it will go to  the state Assembly after vetting.

"We are trying to get a law  in place to stop smoking in the public in the state.

“The draft of the bill is now in the Ministry of Justice.

“It is hoped that when the bill is signed  into law, it will spell out stiffer penalties for defaulters.''

He said the law would help to protect not only smokers but also second hand smokers  from  its attendant health consequences on the two groups.

The commissioner said that the ban would also affect tobacco advertising, increase  taxation on tobacco, regulation of tobacco sales and making sure all public spaces and workplaces were smoke-free. 

Sule expressed regret that cigarette smoking in public places had not abated after it was outlawed in 1990. He appealed to  the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) 2009.


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