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35 people booked for tobacco offences

The Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit (TCEU) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has registered a rise in the illegal sale and use of tobacco products. 35 people have been booked until the 31st of March this year while 162 people have been prosecuted for similar offences from last year. The majority of the […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 2, 2016 6:10 pm

The Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit (TCEU) of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has registered a rise in the illegal sale and use of tobacco products.

A smoker lighting up a cigarette. (Peni Shute/Newswire).
A smoker lighting up a cigarette. (Peni Shute/Newswire).

35 people have been booked until the 31st of March this year while 162 people have been prosecuted for similar offences from last year.

The majority of the offences included smoking in public places and the sale of single cigarette rolls while the license holders of the sale of tobacco products are being monitored regularly.

The tobacco control enforcement officers will be carrying out spot checks to monitor the illegal sale and use of tobacco products so people should be mindful of the of the consequences if found guilty.

The Minister for Health and Medical Services Hon. Jone Usamate said that the Ministry will not tolerate Tobacco-related offences and offenders will be taken to task.

USAMATE: “Tobacco smoking remains one of the high-risk factors for the ever increasing non-communicable diseases in the country such as heart diseases, cancer, etc. and we advise Fijians to quit the deadly habit so we can breathe clean and fresh air.”

Listed below are the offences and penalties of sale and consumption of Tobacco products.

  • Smoking in prohibited public places – Spot fine $200
  • Sale of loose cigarette rolls – Spot fine $1000
  • Failure by owner to display “no sale of cigarette to under 18” – spot fine $1000
  • Failure by owner to display “no-smoking ” – spot fine $1000
  • Failure by the owner or person-in-charge to prevent public from smoking in prohibited public places – Spot fine $1000.

The Tobacco Enforcement officers are currently working in the Western Division after monitoring the Central and Eastern Division.

Meanwhile, a high turnout is expected at the proposed World No Tobacco Day celebration which will be held on the 31st of May in the Northern division.

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