Lagos to ban smoking in public(taken from Nigeria info fb page) :
In line with efforts by the international community to clampdown on smoking, the Lagos state government has announced plans to ban smoking in public places in the state.
The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, made this known on Monday when he stated that “the provisions of the new traffic laws had prohibited people from drinking or smoking while driving in the state.”
He hinted that the ban on smoking will be an extension of the state’s traffic law which already forbids drivers to drink.
According to Mr Ipaye, “it is an offence to smoke while driving, smoking is totally prohibited for drivers; obviously it is not just for safety reasons it is also for health reasons because we are moving towards banning smoking in all public places.
“It is an offence to drive drunk; if you’ve been taking drugs, this law provides for blood test to determine whether you have ingested drugs which are inconsistent with your ability to drive.”
“So, this law makes it an offence to drive without a driver’s license, without proper plate numbers. It is an offence to use the phone while you are driving except you have hands-free set so you don’t need to put the set to your ear.’’
Ipaye said the government decided to “criminalise” traffic offences and sanction offenders, as part of the strategy to bring the chaotic traffic situation within the metropolis under control.
“We are keeping the roads in good repairs, but still, we have problems, and that problem is made worse by commercial motorcycles, by cart pushers, by even people rearing cattle” he said.
“There seem all of a sudden to be no rules; people just disobey the traffic lights.”
SMOKERS WILL SURELY DISLIKE THIS NEW LAW, BUT WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS?
Did You Know?
Below is a list of interesting facts about cigarettes.
¤ Cigarettes are the single- most traded item on the planet, with approx 1 trillion being sold from country to country each year. At a global take of more than $400 billion, it’s one of the world’s largest industries.
¤ The nicotine content in several major brands is reportedly on the rise. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Health Department revealed that between 1997 and 2005 the amount of nicotine in Camel, Newport, and Doral cigarettes may have increased by as much as 11%.
¤ In 1970, President Nixon signed the law that placed warning labels on cigarettes and banned television ads for cigarettes. The last date that cigarette ads were permitted on TV was extended by a day, from December 31, 1970 to January 1, 1971 to allow the television networks one last cash windfall from cigarette advertising in the New Year’s Day football games.
¤ U.S. cigarette manufacturers now make more money selling cigarettes to countries around the globe than they do selling to Americans.
¤ The American brands Marlboro, Kool, Camel and Kent own roughly 70% of the global cigarette market.
¤ Cigarettes contain arsenic, formaldehyde, lead, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia and 43 known carcinogens.
¤ In the early 1950s, the Kent brand of cigarettes used crocidolite asbestos as part of the filter, a known active carcinogen.
¤ Urea, a chemical compound that is a major component in urine, is used to add “flavor” to cigarettes.
¤ The ‘Cork Tip’ filter was originally invented in 1925 by Hungarian inventor Boris Aivaz, who patented the process of making the cigarette filter from crepe paper. All kinds of filters were tested, although ‘cork’ is unlikely to have been one of them.
¤ In most countries around the world, the legal age for the purchase of tobacco products is now 18, raised from 16, while in Japan the age minimum is 20 years old.