Côte d'Ivoire finally has its anti-smoking law. The 164 deputies present on the 252 in the Ivorian hemicycle have considered in plenary on this law antitobacco. Today the country is proud to have its own anti-smoking law.
In Ivory Coast, 161 deputies voted for this anti-smoking law and 3 abstained after a long battle over the amendments presented by the deputy of Vavoua, the Honorable Tra Bi SUI Guillaume. In particular, on 1,7, 16 relating to the explanatory memorandum on the definition of tobacco products, sales in schools and businesses and advertising of tobacco products.
For the member for Vavoua, these various restrictions would limit the leeway of the tobacco industry, which is a legally constituted company that could end up in agony. Fortunately, the three amendments formulated during this plenary by the MEP were rejected after submitting an amendment to the vote and the two others were withdrawn by the author himself. The anti-tobacco bill presented by the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, the Dr. Aka Aouélé, was finally voted by the deputies.
Today, like countries like Chad, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo, Côte d'Ivoire can be proud to finally have its anti-smoking law. A law governing the cultivation, production, marketing and advertising of tobacco and tobacco products. It exposes offenders to administrative and criminal penalties ranging from referral to imprisonment through the confiscation and destruction of tobacco products grown or manufactured illegally. To say the least about this voted law, it is that it comes to strengthen the fight against tobacco started by the government through the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene through the National Program against Tobacco , Alcoholism, Drug Addiction and other Addictions (PNLTA) and NGOs.
This law allows Côte d'Ivoire to align with the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which it signed in 2002 and ratified 2005, which is one of the 181 countries that have signed the treaty.
Currently, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, the decree prohibiting smoking in public places and public transport is respected at more 65% in bars, restaurants, terraces and other supermarkets. This awareness and compliance with these provisions have led to a decline of almost 80% of smokers in nightclubs, bars and vehicles.
This new law is therefore tightening the fight against smoking, even though the government is concerned about the rise of shisha, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
It remains to the President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, to promulgate it and to make every effort to ensure that the anti-smoking law is published as soon as possible in the official journal of Côte d'Ivoire.
source : Connectionivoirienne.net/