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In Oyo Smoking in public is now a crime in the state

Offenders are liable to jail terms ranging from three to six months or an option of fine between N15,000 to N50,000.

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The Oyo state House of Assembly has passed a bill prohibiting people from smoking in public places into law.

The bill titled: “Bill to Regulate Smoking in Public Places and for Connected Purposes” was passed into law on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Offenders are liable to jail terms ranging from three to six months or an option of fine between N15,000 to N50,000.

The lawmakers explained that first time offenders will be fined N15,000 or sentenced to three months in jail, while repeat offenders will get six months in jail or a fine of N50,000.

The law also stipulates a one year jail term and a fine of N100,000 for anyone who smokes in the presence of a child.

The lawmakers also called on owners of businesses across the state to put up ‘No Smoking’ signs to inform people.

Vanguard reports that the bill was sponsored by Mr Segun Ajanaku and Mr Segun Olaleye, representatives of Ibadan South-West II and Ibadan North II constituencies, respectively.

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