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Health ministry commences registration for tobacco and suki sellers

Tobacco and suki vendors around the country will need to register with the Ministry of Health by the end of the month. The health ministry says all tobacco product retailers will be levied a registration fee on new or renewed applications as stipulated under Schedule 5 of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2012. A health ministry statement said: Tobacco […]

Peni Shute

January 14, 2016 10:20 am

Tobacco and suki vendors around the country will need to register with the Ministry of Health by the end of the month.

The health ministry says all tobacco product retailers will be levied a registration fee on new or renewed applications as stipulated under Schedule 5 of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2012.

Rolled tobacco in the market at Nadi. PHOTO: yolotrautz.blogspot.com
Rolled tobacco or suki in the market at Nadi. Photo: blogspot.com

A health ministry statement said:

Tobacco and suki vendors must make all efforts to visit the nearest health office in the central, western and northern division.

Failure to obtain a registration certificate to sell tobacco products or suki by the 31st of January 2016 is an offence and may incur a penalty of up to $5,000.00.  The Tobacco Control Team will be present to do a mass registration and licensing campaign and the certificates will be issued on site.

The locations and dates of where the registration team is listed below:

Place Date
                                             Western Division
Sigatoka Health Office 11/01/16
Nadi Health Office 12/01/16
Lautoka Health Office 13/01/16
Ba Health Office 14/01/16
Tavua Health Office 15/01/16
Rakiraki Health Office 18/01/16
                                             Central Division
Korovou Health Office 19/01/16
Nausori Health Office 20/01/16
Navua Health Office 21/01/16
Suva – Level 3 Namosi House 22/01/16
                                             Northern Division
Labasa Health Office 27/01/16
Nabuwalu Health Office 28/01/16

Therefore, any retailer that sells tobacco products without a valid certificate on the 1st of February 2016 is committing an offence and will be subjected to court proceedings.

This initiative was effective from the 1st of December 2015 at the Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit (TCEU) office at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and all Rural Local Authority/Health Offices.

The Health Ministry once again reminds all tobacco products and suki vendors to register or renew and can contact the Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit (Central) on 3314988 for more information.

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