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Governor Fashola signs Bill Banning Smoking in Public in Lagos

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black-guy-public-smokingIn January 2014, BN reported that legislators in Lagos state have passed a bill banning smoking in public places. (click here to read)

The legislators were waiting for Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola to sign the bill into law for all logistics to be put in place.

BRF signed the bill into law at the Lagos House, Ikeja. He is optimistic that the law would further strengthen the State Government’s commitment towards protecting lives of citizens.

The bill prohibits smoking in areas which are designated as non-smoking areas, including libraries, museums, nurseries, day care centers, public toilets and facilities with infants.

Offenders face up to 3 years in jail. 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.

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8 Comments

  1. Baby Tornado

    February 18, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Good work BRF

  2. TheRealist

    February 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

    On the face of it, a good idea. But in Nigeria, it will probably just be another avenue for Olokpa to extort money…

  3. Fashionista

    February 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I hope restaurants, bars and clubs are classed as non-smoking areas too oh! Leaving a bar and having your clothes and hair reeking of cigarette is not nice at all. And how this going to be enforced? There must be representatives carrying out unannounced checks at all these locations and the penalty MUST be served if caught not complying. That is the only way this can make any sense and be effective.

  4. Tinnnu29

    February 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Good. One Gov Fash!

  5. Poison Ivy

    February 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Thank God…….FINALLY,all this smokers are completely nuisance to the non smoking public(thank you fashola for cutting down their excesses)

  6. Moving On Swiftly

    February 18, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Oooooh How I love. I just hate when I go out to have a good time and inconsiderate people try to kill me with smoke. Not nice at all. Very happy with this new law.

  7. Adaeze

    February 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Nice one. Smokers should gradually stop the habit. Africa is too hot for extra smoke…

  8. fedricx daniel

    April 10, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    thats right..fedricx

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