Ekiti state implements anti-smoking law

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THE Ekiti State Government has signed the Prohibition of Smoking in
Public Places Rules Bill, 2014, to begin the enforcement of the
law.

The signing ceremony took place during a public presentation of
the rules and regulations in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, by the
Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, in collaboration
with the New Initiative for Social Development and Campaign for
Tobacco-free Kids.

Ajayi explained that the rules were “designed to ensure full
enforcement of the spirit and letters of the law.”
“If the area designated for smoking is to be within an enclosed
building or a partially enclosed place on any premises, only one
such smoking area may be designated,” the commissioner
explained.

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The law prohibiting smoking in public places in Ekiti was enacted
by the House of Assembly and signed by Governor Kayode Fayemi
in March, 2012.

It restricted smoking to designated areas in an outdoor or open
space.
The law imposes a fine ranging between N10, 000 and N250, 000
on offenders or imprisonment for a term of three to six months, or
both.

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Ajayi added, “It is important to stress again that the laws and
indeed the Rules are not designed to punish the smokers.

“Rather, they are necessary for the protection of the non-smokers
who may be affected by the fumes and diseases caused by
second-hand smoke. Diseases such as brain tumour, middle ear
disease, asthma, leukemia, cancer, madden infant death and so
on. These are non-communicable and avoidable diseases, which
are predominantly caused by tobacco smoke.”