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Tobacco control

Atasa Moceituba
Sunday, August 02, 2015

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services tobacco control unit will keep a close watch in areas which have been declared smoke free zones to ensure that people obey the law.

Tobacco Control Unit acting manager, Afiz Ali said the ministry remained committed to ensure that declared places were protected and people were aware of their responsibilities.

For the past five years, he said, they were able to book 1156 people and fined 200 people this year.

"Some of the non-smoking areas include the bus stations, markets, restaurants, sporting facilities, public service vehicles such as buses, taxis and entire streets of the city," he said.

He said the ministry would not be able to monitor these places on its own and has entered into partnerships to help curb this.

"We should get together to create more awareness about the dangers of smoking which would benefit non-smokers and others alike," Mr Ali said.

Seven villages have been declared smoke free whereas 42 villages have had their community halls declared tobacco free.

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