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Police wage war…On public place smokers


Posted by today on Jul 23rd, 2013
Chief Superintendent, Sena Adihah addressing the gathering


Chief Superintendent of Kaneshie District Police Command in Greater Accra, Mr. Sena Adihah, has called on people who smoke cigarettes to respect the no-smoking and smoke-free areas in public places in the country to avoid penalties.

Mr. Adihah who was speaking after a community forum at Bubiashie in Accra warned smokers to immediately desist from smoking in public or be prepared to the face full rigours of the law.

The forum which was organised by the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) with support from the Norwegian Cancer Society was aimed at alerting people on the Public Health Act, (Act 851).

According to the police officer, he has observed with grave concern the  flouting of Tobacco Control Measures of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851) which was passed by Parliament on 11th July, 2012 by some chain smokers and reiterated the need for people to adhere to the  laws and regulations.

Against this back drop, Mr. Adihah urged the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to continually remind the public that the ban on public smoking is still in force.

He indicated that under the regulation, places that are classified as smoke-free areas included any workplace accessible by the public, any enclosed entrance way, foyer, lobby stairway, passageway or toilet accessible by public. “Also, any classroom, lecture room or lecture theatre, area of a shop or retail place accessible by the public or any eating house and designated no-smoking zones in a tavern, bar or night club.

“For no-smoking areas, this includes amusement centres, hospitals and clinics, elevators, public service vehicles, airport terminal buildings, internet shops and bus stands to name a few.”
He said cigarette packets now had graphic warnings a means way of increasing awareness on the effects of smoking.

“Under the Tobacco Control Decree 2012, those who do not print graphic warnings on packets will be liable to a fine not exceeding 50 penalty points or $5000 for individuals and 200 penalty points or $2000 for corporate bodies.”It’s only proper for people to adhere to such warnings to avoid penalties,” he stressed.


For her part, Mrs. Faustina Alima of the School Health Education Programme (SHEP) of the Ministry of Education has said tobacco use is still the leading cause death in the world.
She said unlike HIV and AIDs related deaths which have reduced in some parts of the world, tobacco related deaths keep rising and by 2020 it could reach the 10 million mark.

“Seventy per cent of these deaths are expected to occur in the developing countries, as the tobacco industries are steadily relocating to third world countries due to tighter regulations in the developed ones,” she said.

Mrs. Alima said African countries had the weakest tobacco regulatory and policy frameworks and there was the expectation that tobacco-related fatalities could rise.
“Fortunately for Ghana, however, we have a law in place banning public smoking and we must commend the efforts of all who worked tirelessly to make the law possible,” she said.

Mrs. Alima said “the tobacco’s future victims are today’s children because the use of the product is initiated at the childhood level and it continues through adolescence and adulthood.
Programme Director of VALD, Mr. Labran Musah said the law against tobacco use in public places is an infant one which came into being about a year ago hence the need for the awareness creation programmes.

Headmistress of the Bubiashie Junior Higher School, Mrs. Christiana Tetteh commended VALD for organising the forum to educate the pupils on the harmful effects of tobacco smoking.

Source: http://www.todaygh.com/2013/07/23/police-wage-war-on-public-place-smokers

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