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MCAs seek to illegalise smoking in public

14 August 2014, 13:38 Wilshere

Nakuru - Members of the Nakuru County Assembly Thursday passed a motion seeking to compel the county government to set aside smoking zones in urban areas.

While tabling the motion, Nyota ward MCA John Gicamu said that many town dwellers have become victims of secondhand smoking.

“I have done my own research and have come to learn that most people really suffer from the smoke of the cigarettes yet they are not smokers,” he said.

He said that the bill will help safeguard the health of children as well as environment, if passed as law.

Gicamu also said that smoking of tobacco is the main cause of cancer and that it was high time the assembly came up with policies that can help prevent the spread of the pandemic in the county.

He said that many people have died because of cancer and that the motion was one way of addressing it. 

Nakuru MCAs supported the motion saying it will help prevent the children from consuming toxic cigarette fumes and also prevent them from becoming smokers at the young age.

Back in 2007, Nakuru town under the now defunct Municipal Council was the first urban center in country to come up with by-laws prohibiting smoking in public.

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