Health ministry announces new crackdown on smokers

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The ministry of health has announced law enforcement officers shall embark on full enforcement of the ban on public smoking.

In a statement on Monday, the ministry said smokers have been flouting the law prohibiting smoking in public places.

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“…the Ministry has noted with concern the low compliance rate among the general public and institutions in spite of the numerous radio, television and community engagement programmmes conducted to sensitize the pubic on the law and regulations.

“With all the all the necessary preparations in place, the public is hereby further reminded that with immediate effect the law enforcement officers shall embark on full enforcement of the law and regulations,” the ministry said.

The Gambia has two laws banning smoking in public places, the Tobacco Control Act of 2016 and the Tobacco Control Regulations of 2019.

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