By Ousman A Marong & Sheriff Saidykhan
The Gambia Police Force in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Law Enforcement Agencies has on Thursday 12th, November 2020 enacted 2016 Tobacco Control Act, and regulations 2019 with immediate effect.
The Prohibition and Enforcement Tobacco Act encompasses all public domains, with 100 meter distance away from public in order to smoke.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ebrima Bah has made these announcements on behalf of the Inspector General of Police at an event held at Police headquarters in Banjul.
“Furthermore, it will be an offence to smoke in all public places which includes; Health Facilities, Markets, Offices, Public Transports, Schools, Airport, Car Parks, Bars, Restaurants, Hostels, Prisons, Police Cells, Toilets and Corridors to name a few,” he asserted.
The Assistant Inspector General said public advertisement of Tobacco is prohibited under the Act, urging the general public to desist cigarette selling to minors below 18yrs.
“Furthermore, all forms of Tobacco advertisements, display of Tobacco products at point of sale, selling of single cigarette sticks, or packets less than 20 sticks and selling cigarette to minors (18yrs) are all prohibited.”