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2Face Smoking - January 2014 - BellaNaijaWant to light a cigarette in a public place? Be careful, you may be arrested.

A bill banning smoking in public places including restaurants and on public transport, has been passed by Legislators in Lagos state.

All logistics will kick off immediately Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola signs the bill into law. Offenders could face a fine of N 9920 or up to 3 months in jail, in some cases both.

It is also an offence to smoke in front of a child, all offenders will be fined N15,040 or be sentenced to jail for 1 month or both.

Owners of public spaces (clubs, restaurants etc..) will have to ensure no-smoking signs are properly displayed. The fine is  N100,320 or 6 months in prison.

Do you think BRF should sign the bill? Share your thoughts.

47 Comments

  1. paul

    January 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Rubbish!

  2. Yes Boss

    January 21, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Yayyyyyyyyy! Gosh now I can leave the club smelling like a decent human being

    • zeee

      January 21, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Asinnn ehn!

  3. canadian igbo

    January 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Thank God, at least the health of non-smokers will be
    preserved

    • Jennifer

      January 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Canadian Igbo? LMAO!

  4. Ohboy

    January 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    It is a bullsht law. Haba!

  5. Franfan

    January 21, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    And so it begins. Our journey to becoming a Muslim
    nation.

    • Confuzzled

      January 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      WTF?

    • Na

      January 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Please explain how this new law begins journey to becoming a Muslim Nation

    • Franfan

      January 22, 2014 at 1:17 am

      By the enactment of more stupid laws. How does a man strolling on the street and lighting up his cigarette affect your lungs? I’m all for banning smoking in clubs, bars and other places where people congregate, but on the street? Pure stupidity. We are on our way to becoming a Muslim country by enacting extreme laws. Six months in prison for smoking? Sharia level crap.

    • jen

      January 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Are you frigging kidding me? such a stupid comment..let me tell you a fact that a person is ten times more likely to die from second hand smoking than a smoker itself.. you might want to read up on that. we are talking about the health of the public and you’re chatting about muslim. how does muslim and ones health correlates…so that means the UK is now a muslin country since it banned people from smoking in public places. *rolls eyes*

    • Franfan

      January 22, 2014 at 1:22 am

      And the lady cooking with firewood outside? The people burning rubbish? The companies that pour smoke in the air? What kind of smokies that? Your survey is from countries that don’t have the listed problems. You and the people who enacted this dumb law need to park well.

  6. nene

    January 21, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    thank God. i hope it applies to nightclubs too. smoking is
    banned in public in LA and parts of europe, so i don’t see how this
    makes us a muslim country. smoke in ur house and get lung cancer
    alone biko.

    • Bella

      January 22, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Smoking is also banned in South Africa, I visited and was pleasantly surprised.Yippeeeeee now we can live longer without the drama of inhaling third/second hand smoke whilst we eat our food in peace. One thing though, do you all know that they haven’t banned smoking in cars when they are children around. oh well you win some and lose some, to smokers I say Pele.

  7. Berry

    January 21, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Our physical environment is also one of the factors affecting health! Smoking is not only detrimental to the smoker, but also 2nd parties coming in contact with the smoke. Everyone should have the right to breathe safely. Way to go if this is signed!

  8. amakadon

    January 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Very good.

  9. Keke

    January 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Smoking in doors is banned in other countries, not outside. Our own laws sef, so where should they smoke?

    • jen

      January 21, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      not in the UK tho… you can smoke in your house but not in public places

    • isabella

      January 22, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Hmm…careful. you can say not all public place, I see people smoking all over oxford street…plus students smoke outside their colleges,if you say no smoking in the tube, on the train, in a mall, restaurant, I totally agree…please be sure to define what you mean by public place. Personally, I don’t smoke but banning smoking in free airy place seems not to be logical. Other places, I would vote a yes….bus stops, I could vote NO…cos then you inconvenient people. I think public place should be well defined.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      January 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      I was wondering about that warning BN was giving to people smoking while walking on the street. The ban should reasonably be against smoking in sheltered public places – eg. restaurants (personally, I think it’s just wrong to smoke where others are enjoying a meal), clubs, bars, schools buildings, work offices, etc.

      BN, if the govt is arresting the lone man lighting up his St. Moritz as he strolls by, they might as well arrest the mama akara setting up her firewood to fry oil on the road because they’re both polluting a public open space. Otherwise, the ban is very welcome.

  10. Busola

    January 21, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Thankfully, non-smokers can be spared from getting lung cancer from second-hand smoking. Go smoke in your house if you have to

  11. natty

    January 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    great move!!!

  12. Ramat Orahachi

    January 21, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Rubish they should also banned people from going toilet or husband and wife – Bastard nation

  13. Iris

    January 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Err.. BN are you sure this applies if you’re walking on the street? When they say public space I’m thinking actual venues like the clubs and restaurants you already mentioned. I am so glad that sense is finally trickling into Nigeria, despite the stupidity that prevails among many people. When it is a bill that concerns another person’s bedroom business we won’t hear word. Now that it is a bill that is trying to prevent illnesses like cancer, and as has been recently discovered, even diabetes, arthritis and erectile dysfunction (which some chauvinistic and insecure Nigerians are sure to find horrifying), people are complaining. Every day we’ll be calling on God to save us. When God brings salvation in different ways we throw it out. Be there. I sha commend the Lagos state government

  14. Ivie

    January 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    A big yes!

  15. dami

    January 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Nice. Yes smoking in public is banned outside in some countries. Although in some of those countries like Germany u have outside sheds. I wish they’ll just ban it in the UK too

  16. jen

    January 21, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    finally, they took so long…like this should have been done ages ago…second smokers are much more likely to die than the smokers themselves…

  17. http://samuelohis.blogspot.com

    January 21, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    d smoking of a tin eh those addicted to it shuld stp it o becos i knw even if dem ban am sum peppz go stil go find cigratte by anymean

    http://samuelohis.blogspot.com

  18. lady

    January 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Thank God. Life is made easier for folks with breathing issues + smokers can enjoy smoking alone. We all know where to get cigarettes if we need them.

  19. Cancel Reply

    January 21, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    and BN continues with sensationlism…”Want to light a cigarette while taking a walk on your street? Be careful, you may be arrested.” really? From reading the article, the ban is limited to indoor “public” places and in front of children, I didnt see anywhere it said smoking in the open on a street will lead to arrest!

  20. Sola

    January 21, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Yesssssss!!!!!

  21. Pinkfunky

    January 21, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Passive smoking causes cancer.

  22. Angel

    January 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Great move, am really happy about this…

  23. Tade

    January 22, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Which UK this same one am am in? people smoke in public dear but not inside buildings may be that’s what you mean.

  24. chikita

    January 22, 2014 at 1:41 am

    finally

  25. EfKay

    January 22, 2014 at 1:45 am

    halleluyah!!!!!!! now I can go clubbing n Lagos without coming back smelling of cigarettes. Glory be to God. Governor Fashola please sign it sharp sharp!!

  26. just me

    January 22, 2014 at 5:26 am

    …….so this is the conclusion I needed to be convinced our beloved governor was reading “emmy’s diary “…nice way to go

  27. simi

    January 22, 2014 at 7:16 am

    gloryyyyyy!!!!

  28. Cool cat

    January 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I hope shisha is not included ooo. They want to kill me in yen. I’m addicted to that thing mennnn

  29. Omo1

    January 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Thank God o!

  30. Abibi

    January 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Nigerians and myopic views. How does banning smoking in public places mean “Muslim”??? Here’s what the law says and I quote “The bill, which scaled through the third reading, prohibits anybody smoking in all public places including libraries, museum, public toilets, schools, hospital, day care centres, public transportation and restaurants among others.
    The bill, which consists of 16 sections, said in section 12 that posting of signs which states “No Smoking” symbol, depicts a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a circle with a bar across should be displayed in all no-smoking areas”. Somebody please tell me: How is that “Muslim”??? How is going out and coming home smelling normal “Muslim”? Please grow up people!

  31. Mariaah

    January 22, 2014 at 11:24 am

    I am all for this bill. As a non-smoking individual. The bill though should clearly state “No smoking INDOORS that is, in clubs, restaurants, motor vehicles, etc”.. On the street, smoke all you want!

    TBH, Indoor smoking is one of the reasons why I have never really been clubbing in Nigeria. We take things to the extreme in this country sometimes.

    Why would someone think smoking in a club with sweaty bodies jamming together is a good idea maka Chukwu?

    BRF, please pass this one and I hope it goes round the country.

  32. Pam

    January 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Halleluyah. Finally!

  33. erica

    January 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Yay, a great step for population health. Building healthy public policies is a huge step to achieving health outcomes. Next we need vehicle checks for all cars driven. U can’t drive and emit some dangerous carbonmonoxide and people inhale it. Smoking, vehicle emissions plus generator emissions, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, stress are highly linked to cancer, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, heart diseases, and these are more paramount in Nigeria now. Way to go Fashola

  34. Paul Emeka

    January 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    this is arrant rubbish…Fashola is definitily wanting war with this AREA BOYS of Lag…I mean this is what gives them the ginger to do their work…- d government,we would keep up on puffin’ even our Marijuana on d streets of Lagos…f- d police too.

  35. X- Factor

    January 23, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Nice One!

  36. oyin

    January 25, 2014 at 2:31 am

    FiNALLY. Thank you, Gov Fashola for bringing Order and
    decency among lawless group of people. Trust some idiots to see
    wrong in something good. Continue to make a positive
    change

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