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Nairobi now equals New York in sophistication!

Post by jbuck919 » Sun May 14, 2006 8:48 am

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Kenya bans tobacco smoking in public places

Sat May 13, 2:30 PM ET

NAIROBI (AFP) - The Kenyan government has banned smoking in public places in order to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of tobacco, Health Minister Charity Ngilu announced.

Ngilu said the country has already signed the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which broadly calls on governments to take measures that would protect the public from the dangers posed by tobacco.

"I have today signed a legal notice... banning smoking in public places. We have to take deliberate action to protect innocent members of the public, especially children and the youth from the devastating effects of tobacco," Ngilu told a press conference.

The ban will affect office blocks, working areas, court buildings, education institutions, residential areas, places of worship, police stations, prisons, markets, malls, cinema and theatre, children's homes and playing fields, according to the health ministry.

The legal notice makes it mandatory for tobacco firms to display the warning "CIGARETTE KILLS" in bold print, in a visible position on the cigarette packet and larger than the trademark.

Violaters of the ban will be liable to an imprisonment of six months or a fine of 50,000 shillings (704 dollars, 546 euros) or both.

In 2003, Ngilu issued a policy that banned smoking in public places, but it failed because it lacked a legal mechanism for enforcement, officials said, adding that the current notice has some legal teeth.

Smoking gives the Kenyan government about five billion shillings (65.8 million dollars) a year in taxes, but costs five times as much in disease, disability and death, according to official figures.

In March 2004, Uganda passed a law banning the habit, but smokers continue to puff away with impunity as police do little to enforce the ban.

Under the law, both the smoker and the owner of the establishment where an offense takes place are subject to fines of between 10 and 200 dollars.

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Post by Ralph » Sun May 14, 2006 7:49 pm

I understand you can't get good dim sum in Nairobi.

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