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No Smoking: Osun House bans smoking in public places

Osun House bans smoking in public places

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
OSUN State House of Assembly has passed a bill prohibiting smoking in public places into law.

While passing the bill into law, the Speaker, Honourable Adejare Bello, appealed to the media to assist in promoting healthy living by sensitising the public to the dangers in tobacco smoking.

Honourable Bello said though smoking was a matter of choice, but the government must be able to protect non-smokers from dangers attached to it, hence the need for the enactment of the law.

Entitled Osun State Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places Bill, 2009, the bill prohibited smoking in any part of an enclosed or partially enclosed public place or workplace.

According to the letters of the bill, tobacco smoking was prohibited within 500 metres radius of facilities like schools, health centres, sporting areas and any other place prescribed by the government for public use.

Smoking is also to be prohibited in court buildings, factories, cinema halls, theatres, video houses, disco halls and any other entertainment facilities at any time during which it is open to the public.

The state commissioner for environment is empowered to approve any part of the public places as a designated area for the purpose of smoking.

Any person who contravenes the provisions of the bill risks, on conviction, a fine of between N10,000 and N20,000 and or a jail term from three to six months, while a corporate offender shall be liable to a fine of N250,000.

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Comment by Eby Star on February 4, 2010 at 5:35pm
a good 1 please.
Comment by adeniran mutiu a. on October 29, 2009 at 7:48pm
this is an opportunity send ur smoker's enemy to jail or he/she 250k if they find smoking in public
Comment by adeniran mutiu a. on October 29, 2009 at 7:46pm
may be this will help in reducing cancers in the state
Comment by Oladipupo on October 23, 2009 at 3:40pm
Comment by Moses K Tawose on October 23, 2009 at 1:58pm
Thanks somebody is taken actions beneficial to the masses. I can't agree more.........!!!!!!!
Comment by chizindu king on October 23, 2009 at 12:24pm
i hail all the people that supported this bill and enacted the law. atleast lets keep doing something in our assemlby it is better than oversea trips,fighting in the house etc.smokers in osun beware
Comment by David Bassey Ibiang on October 23, 2009 at 12:22pm
I see the smokers on 9jabook are beginning to make a case for smoking. My brothers and sisters, smoking tobacco is a terrible vice. Period! There are no worse issues cos when you get lung cancer from smoking, nothing else will matter to you except the pain and anguish you'll be going through. This is an opportunity for all smokers to quit smoking, for as has been said about cigerretes, "Smoke on one end, fool on the other."
Comment by Oladoyin Bolaji on October 23, 2009 at 11:26am
wt? plzzzzz let smokers be and face oda issue
Comment by Inegbenijie Oziegbe on October 23, 2009 at 10:19am
Wonderful, atleast non-smokers have rights to fresh air. I ope oda states can emulate osun state as it concerns public health. KUDOS to their house of assembly.
Comment by Titilayo on October 23, 2009 at 9:14am
Is a very good Idea that if its going to work.




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