76 smoking offences detected last month: MoH

Azlan Othman

A total of 76 offences under the Tobacco Order 2005 were recorded for October 2019. These included 72 offences under Section 14 (2) of smoking in a restricted area and four under Section 10 of the Tobacco Order 2005 of smoking by adolescents under the age of 18.

All offenders were charged under the Tobacco Order 2005. Four of them were women and 72, men. The Tobacco Order 2005 and its regulations prohibit smoking in public places. The ban is intended to regulate smoking habits and to protect the public from exposure to cigarette smoke.

To increase the effectiveness of the regulations under the Order, stern action will be taken by the Health Enforcement Unit at the Ministry of Health (MoH) against those found smoking in prohibited areas, with a BND300 fine for the first offence of smoking in prohibited places and a BND500 fine to anyone found guilty of second and subsequent offences.

The Tobacco Order 2005 also requires premises managers to display no-smoking notices in public places and ensure that customers and the public do not smoke in prohibited areas, as set out under Section 15 of the Tobacco Order 2005. Any premises’ manager failing to perform such obligations shall be liable to a fine of BND500 for the first offence.

The public areas where smoking is prohibited include government buildings, shop walkways, shopping malls, markets, market stalls, bus stations, bus stops, restaurants, eateries and within six metres of buildings where smoking is prohibited.

The MoH, through its Health Enforcement Unit, will not hesitate to take action and issue fines to anyone found in violation of the Tobacco Order 2005.

The MoH welcomes public complaints in its effort to curb violations under the Tobacco Order 2005. The public can contact the Health Enforcement Unit via its 7192005 hotline or email [email protected]