Out Of Box Story: Smoking Banned In Public Places In Ghana

This is the greatest news I have heard from Ghana in many years. In countries like England, smoking has been banned in public places for years now. The health risk of passive smokers has been found not to be any different to those doing the actual smoking.

Why should my health be at risk because I just want to have fun at a public place, caused by Mr A. who wants to smoke his cigarette or weed?. As they say in England, if you want to smoke, go outside in the cold and poison yourself alone. Do not endanger the health of innocent people.

Great news right?

Read below for Daily Graphic’s report

Smoking in public places has been banned following the passage of the Public Health Bill by Parliament on Wednesday.

However, the bill is to be presented to the President for his assent.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Mr. Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, moved the motion for the Third Reading of the bill after it had been taken through a second consideration on the request of the Chairman of the Health Committee of Parliament, Alhaji Muntaka Mohammed Mubarak.

Currently, legislation on public health is scattered in several enactments. The bill is, therefore, to provide a comprehensive legislation on public health.

The new bill has brought together in one piece of legislation colonial enactments on infectious diseases, mosquitoes, quarantine, vaccination and public nuisance, as well as modern enactments on tobacco, food and medicines.

Clause 58, which forms Part Six of the bill, deals with tobacco control measures and prohibits smoking in public places.

Other provisions on tobacco control are the issue of health warnings on cigarettes, sale of tobacco, packaging and labelling of tobacco, advertising of tobacco and tobacco products, among others.

It also stipulates that the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is the regulatory agency to deal with tobacco matters and that it may appoint inspectors and analysts to carry out its functions.

Considering the harmful effects of smoking on health and the culture of associating smoking with social success, business advancement and sporting process through advertisement, the 192-member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO), including Ghana, adopted a Framework Convention on Tobacco Control which bans advertisement and sponsorship by tobacco companies.

The convention enjoins member-countries to take administrative; legislative and any other means to curb the incidence of smoking and reduce the hazards associated with smoking.

The entire bill focuses on keeping people healthy and improving health, instead of treating diseases and disorders among individuals.

It recognises all the factors that contribute to health in respect of housing, employment and more immediate risk factors such as nutrition, smoking and inadequate physical activity.

Part One of the bill, which is on communicable diseases, provides for the declaration of infected areas and for the consequences of such declaration.

For example, medical officers are given authority in this part of the bill to organise the disinfection or destruction of buildings and animals to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Part Two of the bill deals with vaccination and provides generally for the appointment of public vaccinators, usually medical officers, and their functions.

The Third Part is on quarantine and regulates measures that need to be taken for the prevention of the introduction of infectious or contagious diseases into the country.

Part Four deals with provisions on vector control, with the destruction of vectors, including mosquitoes, forming an important element in the control and prevention of malaria.

Part Five caters for environmental sanitation, with clauses 50 to 57 dealing with matters including the selling of unwholesome food, noxious trade and the dumping of garbage at unauthorised places.

Part Seven deals with food and drugs, with Clause 78 establishing the FDA to provide standards to regulate the sale of food, drugs, herbal medicine products, cosmetics, medical devices and household chemical substances in the country.

Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Editor

Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri is the Founding Editor of GhanaCelebrities.Com , a Film Critic and a Human Rights Advocate; holds a masters degree in International Human Rights Law (LL.M), holds a degree in Law (LL.B), and he’s currently at Nottingham Law School, studying for his Legal Practice Course (with a second masters degree in Law) to practise as a UK Solicitor--he's a Professional Truth Sayer. He is also the author of the popular eBook “Success is a Right, Not A Privilege.” Contact: Vincent@topvincent.com

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Danisha says:

dis is gud 2 hear

`madam social says:

i sort of i agree w/ jessie. there r a lot of tins that needs to be ban too. great move by da court. betta late than neva

Gershon says:

Hey don’t crucify the lady….she’s just letting them know that this is just one of many Bills that needs to be passed…..will you be happy if you caught someone urinating on your car?

jessi says:

ban the pplice men from taken bribes on the road,ban those that do their early morning business by the beach side poluting the natural resouce,ban every married man from sleeping with any other woman apart from his wife,ban our young girls in school from dressing like they are for sale,and those that dont go to school,ban them from not doing so ban every househole from allowing their animals go on the street disturbing vehicular flow on the road and throwing dirth on the road and the roadsides also.ban urinating anywhere and everywhere at will,and finally ban elegal drivers licenses to avoid deads on our roads too.Not just smoking but burning refuge in and around homes too.

Miyagi says:

@jessi,What’s your problem we talking about smoking ban and your here adding thousands of them why don’t 
You go and banned them or Matter of fact go and bend over infront of police station since you do much to say

27calibre (O-o) says:

@Miyagi,that girl is full of drama….

27calibre () says:

@jessi,are you a smoker or what,
ban every woman for sleeping……..bla bla bla
come  on, listen to yourself ,you are bitting more than you can chew O-o

Miyagi says:

@27calibre (),I wonder Bruv sometimes I wonder what’s going through her mind 

Miyagi says:

Finally they doing something good 

Akata says:

This is way overdue…thank God for this bold decision.

Joyce says:

Thank you Jesus it’s long overdue

27calibre (O-o) says:

thank GOD!

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