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Lagos Banned Public Smoking: Smokers Risk 6-Month Jail Term & N10,000 Fine

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Lagos Banned Public Smoking: Smokers Risk 6-Month Jail Term & N10,000 Fine

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January 21st, 2014 – Lagos Banned Public Smoking: Smokers Risk 6-Month Jail Term & N10,000 Fine

Anti-public smoking bill aimed at curbing second hand smoking danger in Lagos state Nigeria has been passed. The bill was passed by Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday January 20, 2014.

The 16-section bill, said that posting of signs which states “no smoking,” with a picture depicting a burning cigarette enclosed in a circle with a bar across, should be displayed in all “no smoking areas.”

The assembly noted that the picture depicting ban of smoking in a particular public place would be prominently posted and properly maintained by the owner, occupier or person in charge of the “no smoking areas.”

The bill, which, yesterday, scaled through the third reading, prohibited anybody smoking in all public places including libraries, museum, public toilets, schools, hospital, day care centres, public transportation and restaurants, among others.

The assembly proceeding which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, said smoking in public places would attract penalties ranging from three month imprisonment to six month jail term.

It said the bill “has been sent to Governor Babatunde Fashola for an assent,” even though the development had attracted public outrage, citing infraction on fundamental human rights.

Section 4 of the bill said it shall be the duty of those who own or occupy public places to ensure that approved “no smoking” signs are displayed conspicuously at each entrance and in prominent locations throughout the premises.

The bill on no smoking in public places, also stated the penalties for smoking in a “no smoking area” will be N10,000 fine or imprisonment for a term not less than one month and not exceeding three months or both.

While any person who repeatedly violates the provisions shall on conviction be liable to a fine of N50, 000 or six month imprisonment or both.

The law also states the penalty for non compliance by owner/occupier of a “no smoking area” the offenders shall attract N100, 000 or 6 month imprisonment, or other non custodial punishment that the judge may deem fit.

It shall be an offence to obstruct a duly authorised officer from carrying out his duties under the provision of this law.

The law states that any person who smokes in the presence of a child commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N15,000 or imprisonment for a month or both.

[Source: Vanguard Metro]

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. T

    January 21, 2014 at 4:26 AM

    I hope Gov Fashola is going to provide smoking area for them.

  2. ifeanyi

    January 21, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    well na good thing him do oo, generator go the smoke, motor go they smoke, man go still they smoke! Una wan turn everywere to smoke, abi? Thank u ooooo.

    • Commando

      January 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Smoke for guys na small tin,all those factory, warehouses.i beg tell dem to stp smoking us too,maybe 3X in a week

  3. mekuzpasalati

    January 21, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Makes no sense.. Wanna cause Chaos all over d city of lasqidi .. most of doz sitting there(house of assembly) smokes more.. Mainly cigars.. Wah abuh deM? Huh? Just wanna bully d poor.. Law makers are d breakers of law

  4. hmmmmm

    January 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    You just dont wakeup and start passing weird bills or law. thr should be places created for the smokers, even at the airports, even hospitals, but can smokers smoke in their cars? good law but they have to put alot of things in place. provide smoking zones all over.

  5. Svelte

    January 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Oga ooo…wia do u want dem 2 dy smoke nw 4 inside dia rum abi dat 1 too gud

  6. Linda Evans

    January 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Make una go smoke inside your bedroom and kill your family with PASSIVE smoke. Don’t you all understand that passive smoking kills faster than people who smokes because it is the second person inhaling the smoke. About providing a place to smoke, here on abroad the government did not provide any place it is the organisations and your work place that provides small places for smokers to smoke and inhale their smoke as well, if you are a smoker, you should try and stop and if you can not seek for help from your doctor and ask for stop smoking patches or electronic cigarett.

  7. Fashola

    January 21, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Abegi mr fash na serous smoker b4 he become governor, nw he’s talking no smokin small time mr governor go dey tell us d cloth to wear n wen to sleep.I no dey feel d guy joor nexxt.

  8. Hmmmmm

    January 22, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    fashola just wanna be like uk and fashola os not in the uk,ppl know’s what they want and they’re not a kid anymore,if anyone wanna smoke is left to them you are less concern about them and not as if you are care anyway cus u don don’t know them and they don’t know you either,let every individual enjoy them self the way they plan or how they want it………..move on fashola you are less concern

  9. princess

    January 22, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Y can pple mind their own business,being a leader doesn’t means dat yu should stop sombody from enjoying his or herself, na wa o those smokers are not kid, they no wat is good n wat is bad so live them. Shikinah

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