Legal news update

Ethiopian city bans smoking in public places | Capital News

Ethiopian city bans smoking in public places | Capital News.


Ethiopia, Jan 13 – An Ethiopian city has banned smoking in public places with fines more than an average monthly wage, the first city in the country to do so, reports said Tuesday.

The decision by the northeastern city of Mekele, capital of the Tigray region, makes smoking illegal in bars, restaurants, schools and hospitals, as well as outdoors in stadiums and during religious festivals.

Advertising tobacco is also banned, Ethiopian media reported.

Fines have been set at $50 for individuals and $150 for owners of bars or restaurants, a stiff punishment in a country where average monthly salaries are less than $40, according to the World Bank.

Ethiopia’s parliament last year voted to ban smoking in public places to combat tobacco-related diseases, but the law had not been enforced until now.

Nearly one in 10 young Ethiopians smoke, according to the World Health Organization.

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  1. it is important law which helps our effort to avoid the impact of smoking on healthy of the societyand creating visionery generation in the country .however the problem will be on the implimentation coz first the application is not general there is a difference on the measure taken against students and teachers though the impact is the same u may witness that teachers are allowed to smok on the compound of the campas but students can smoke outside the campas so such kind of problem will hamper our aim 2 creat smoking free area and healthy generation.

  2. This will help the young generation from being provoked to smoke . becous seeing elders smocke in public have great influens .

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