The Ministry of Health has urged all the country's citizens and residents to respect and obey the Tobacco Order 2005 at all times. Among the main reasons for the formulation of the law was to protect the country's people from the dangers of exposure to tobacco products and smoke which have been identified as the cause of diseases such as cancer, heart illness, stroke and asthma among children as well as others. The statement follows a report by the Health Enforcement Unit, Ministry of Health which found 131 offences under the Tobacco Order 2005 recorded throughout the months of June, July and August this year.
121 of the offences were recorded under Section 14(2) of the Tabocco Order 2005 which are smoking and vaping at prohibited areas by people aged 18 years and above and 10 offences under Section 10 (1) of the Tobacco Order 2005 which are smoking tobacco and vape products or possessing or buying tobacco and vape products by people who are below 18 years old. For offences under Section 14(2) of the Tobacco Order 2005, 116 first offenders were imposed with 300 dollar compounds, while 5 second offenders were given 500 dollar compounds. 500 dollar compounds will be issued to people who committed the offence under the Section for the third time and the subsequent offences.
For the offence under Section 10(1) of the Tobacco Order 2005, 6 first offenders were issued mandatory referrals to attend the Smoking Cessation Programme, while 3 second offenders were issued 100 dollar compounds besides compulsory registration to the Smoking Cessation Clinic again. A third time offender was issued with a 300 dollar compound.
Complaints on smoking activities at public places including government premises can be made by contacting the Enforcement Unit, Ministry of Health on telephone line 2427 095 (Office Hours) or hotline 7192 005 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Radio Television Brunei