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LASG to clamp-down on public smokers


Heavy smokers who are diagnosed with pneumonia are one of the highest lung cancer risk groups - and therefore should be considered for early screening by chest-computer tomography.

Mr Bola Shabi, General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), on Wednesday said that public smoking would no longer be tolerated in the state as offenders would be sanctioned.

Shabi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that this was to ensure a high standard of safety in public places and ensure sound well being of the residents of the state.

The General Manager expressed the hope that before the end of the second quarter of the year, public smoking would have been reduced to its barest minimum.

“People have started reducing their smoking habits in open places especially due to health reasons.

“In club houses, we have been advising owners to paste “a no-smoking signs’’, and also provide designated smoking areas for smokers which must be erected within a specific time frame,’’ he said.

Shabi said that those who were not ready to comply would be arrested and sanctioned.

The General Manager said LASEPA had further warned events’ centre owners against indulging their customers on public smoking, stating that they must paste a non-smoking sign in such facilities

“In human rights, we have the right to do what we want to do but what we are trying to do is to ensure that we do not allow our individual lifestyles to affect others negatively.

“There should be a designated area to indulge in ones habit rather than inconveniencing others,’’ Shabi said.

NAN recalls that part of the new traffic law for smoking while driving attracts a fine of N20, 000 for first offender while subsequent offender pays N30, 000.

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  • emmanuel kalu

    Useless government. is this the most important thing to do. malaria is killing Nigeria, yet you haven’t done anything about the polluted waters. disease and germ fest in the garbage and waste across the country, yet you haven’t done anything about it. vehicle pollute the state, and you are worried about smoking? stupid idiot running our country.

  • amador kester

    Cigar smoke has 200 toxic gases dangerous to man. When the smoker blows the smoke into the air ,it mixes with air oxygen and multiplies to 250 or even 300 toxic chemicals breathed by the person near him. Thus second hand smoke is more dangerous. Also wood smoke inside kitchen room is as dangerous as cigar smoke that precipitates lung cancer,bronchitis,emphysema,cardiac arrest and other cardiovascular syndromes of this toxic civilization

  • Ayuze

    People named Kalu or Kanu are always cursed imbeciles. We are talking of Lagos State here not Biafraud. I don’t know what your dumbass is doing in Lagos in the first place . You should be in your creek where anything goes. You people are everywhere because you can’t survive in your crime ridden creeks and yet you won’t keep you big mouth shut. If you are not happy with how Lagos is governed then go home, or at least stay in your creek until your Biafraud nightmare is realised. It will be one less criminal in Lagos.