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January 23, 2022

Nationwide Ban On Smoking in Public Places

A Ben on Smoking in public places and transport is now in place. The decision was gazetted this year and is being implemented by relevant authorities.

This includesthe health department and National Road Safety Council.


Yesterday both parties spreadthe message while sticking “No Smoking Stickers on public Motor Vehicles in Port Moresby.

The sign at a Bes stop nearthe works depo in Beroko was loud and clear. It is now law- no smoking in Public transport. Those found smoking will be faced with a hefty penalty of a fine of K500.

The national road safety officers spreadthe awareness message to everPMV that passedthe check point.

The Secretary for Health, Pasco Kase, and Executive Director of National Road Safety Council, Nelson Terema were also present.

The public places identiflied include:

  • All public motor vehicles and Taxis
  • Government vehicles and boats, includingthe armed forces
  • All terminals and aeroplanes (ther than private charters)
  • All restaurants, cafes, shops
  • Enclosed locations in hotels, clubs and bars.
  • All offices and any enclosed working environment both public and private
  • And all education facilities

All properties declared public underthe Gazzetal are to display signs indicating areas where smoking is prohibited withintheir premises.

The national executive councils decision aims at protecting health and safety of all people.

On a global scale 15 million people die every year from smoking tobacco.

TheWorld Health Organisation is againstthe advertising of tobacco products, believing it will be effective at reducing tobacco related deaths.


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