Tobacco & Nicotine Act 2022 Public Smoking Now A Crime
As Tobacco & Nicotine Act passed into law, public smokers are in jeopardy as on the 3rd July 2022 the Parliament of Sierra Leone has enacted into law with some amendments, the Bill entitled: “The Tobacco and Nicotine Act 2022″, after committing it to the Legislative Committee for further scrutiny.
According to Parliament, this Bill seeks to provide for the control and regulation of the production, manufacturing, importation, packaging, valued added services and labeling were officially discussed so that the Bill will capture significant areas.
The Bill, when enacted, will also focus on advertising, promotion, sponsorship ,sale and use of tobacco with tobacco products and other nicotine products , to provide for the improvement of public health by limiting the health harm caused by the use of and exposure to tobacco, including nicotine, by reducing demand for tobacco and nicotine products, and provide for the incorporation of Sierra Leone’s obligations under the World Health Organization Framework Convention in Tobacco Control into domestic Law, to provide for the establishment of the Tobacco and Nicotine Control Secretariat responsible for the implementation of this Act and to provide for the other related matters.
The enactment of the Bill in questioned was piloted by the Deputy Minister of Health &Sanitation, Madam Princess Dugba, with support from Parliamentarians.
Meanwhile, the Bill will affect many smokers including tobacco, Kush, Marijuana (Jamba) and other public smokers.
The Bill was debated intensively by Members of Parliament, where they outlined its socioeconomic benefits for the nation. The much talked about Bill was enacted in the presence of the main opposition parties, elite citizens, youth groups, civil society activists and the media.
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