Bill To Ban Smoking Passed In Lagos
Smoking in public places have been banned by members of the Lagos parliament in Nigeria. Although smoking outdoors is quite popular in Lagos, particularly in beer parlours and nightclubs, the bill prohibits smoking in all public places including restaurants and on public transport and offenders are now liable to face a $62 (£38) fine or up to three months in jail or both.
Furthermore, the bill makes it an offense to smoke in front of a child or children and those who fall foul of this law will be fined $94 or sentenced to a month in jail or both. Although Lagos has already banned drivers from smoking to promote road safety, the passed bill will only become law once signed by the state’s governor, Babatunde Fashola.
The new bill adds that owners of public places will have to ensure that no-smoking signs are prominently displayed. Those who fail to do so will be liable to pay a $627 fine or six months in prison. Repeat offenders are also liable to a six-month prison sentence or $313 fine or both.
It is not yet known how the Lagos government plans to enforce the smoking ban considering that a similar ban by the federal government is loosely implemented. Whether this would change is anyone’s guess.