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Sneaky smokers beware

Luisa Qiolevu
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

LEGAL action still applies if people are found smoking in public places.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Sunil Chandra reiterated the reminder to members of the public who are fond of smoking in public places.

"People should refrain from smoking in public places or they will have to pay the fine," he said.

He said a spot fine of $200 would apply.

"Once you are caught, you will be fined and it will not be reversed," Mr Chandra said.

More than 100 people have been caught so far this year.

He added that the charges were different depending on the type of offence, such as selling loose cigarettes, selling cigarette to underage groups, smoking in buses, vans and nightclubs, which the public had access to.

"If people don't pay the fine within 21 days then they will be taken to court and the public should be aware that our enforcement officers are moving around doing their bookings," he said.

Anyone charged with this offence is liable to a fine of $1000 under section 16 (2) of the Tobacco Control Decree 2010.

Tobacco Control Unit acting manager Nafiz Ali said 496 people were charged with smoking in prohibited public places last year.

"For this year there were 60 people charged from the month of January to February before Severe TC Winston and we charged 102 people in the month of May and June totalling 162 people charged for smoking in public areas so far this year," Mr Chandra said.

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