Harsher punishment on smokers

Smoking destroys lives, not just the smokers themselves but those around them. I believe that the authorities should double the fine imposed on smokers to reduce the number in the country.

For example, instead of slapping BND300 on first-time offenders, it should be BND600. And for repeat offenders, a fine of BND1,000 should be imposed instead of BND500.

The benefits of increasing the penalty on smoking outweigh the negatives. By encouraging smokers to quit, we could potentially save tens of millions of dollars in healthcare cost.

I hope the authorities would consider a harsher punishment to discourage smokers from continuing with their unhealthy habit.