LUSAKA MAYOR ORDERS A STOP TO SELLING OF TOBACCO IN MARKETS, SMOKING IN PUBLIC.
Lusaka, March 9, 2018 – Lusaka Mayor, Wilson Kalumba, has ordered a stop to selling of tobacco in markets and smoking in public places.
Mr. Kalumba observed that the sell of tobacco in markets has continued despite the trade being illegal.
He said his recent visits to selected markets in the city revealed that the sale of tobacco in markets was rampant.
“I have been visiting some of our markets in the city during which I discovered that the sale of unlabeled tobacco is still going on,” he said.
The Mayor observed that the practice was posing a danger to unsuspecting members of the public who were consuming tobacco which was not properly labeled contrary to the law.
The Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 163 of 1992 cited as the Public Health (Tobacco) Regulations, 1992, Regulation 3(1) states that “No manufacturer, importer, distributor, or retailer shall sell any tobacco product in a package unless such package is clearly labeled in a clear, legible and conspicuous manner with a warning that tobacco is harmful to health.”
Mayor Kalumba said most of the tobacco sold in markets was not properly labeled thereby posing a danger to unsuspecting consumers.
He also noted that tobacco traders were selling their merchandise to suspected under age persons contrary to Regulation 4 of the SI, which states that “No person shall sell tobacco or any tobacco product to persons under the age of 16 years.
And the Mayor has bemoaned the continued smoking of tobacco in public places by some members of the public.
Mayor Kalumba said the Statutory Instrument No. 39 of 2008, cited as The Local Government (Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places) Regulations, 2008 is still in force.
Regulation 3(1) the SI states that “A person shall not smoke in a public place within the area,” and Regulation 3(2) states that “A person who contravenes sub – regulation (1) commits an offence and is liable, upon conviction to a fine not exceeding two thousand five hundred penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both.
“The law is there but no one has been talking about it of late hence the need to enforce it this time around,” he said.
The Mayor has therefore, appealed to people trading in tobacco and consumers alike to comply with the law relating to the sell of tobacco and smoking in public places.
Acting Public Relations Manager