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Woman charged in Kisumu for smoking cigarette on plane

19 November 2014, 20:55

Nairobi - A woman who was arrested after allegedly being caught smoking an electronic cigarette on a plane, has been on a bond of KES 50,000 by a Kisumu Court.

Millicent Adongo is accused of lighting up the cigarette while on board a Jambo Jet Aircraft at The Kisumu International Airport on November 15, endangering the safety of the plane and lives of other passenger in the process.

Appearing before Kisumu Chief Magistrate Lucy Gitari ON Tuesday, Ms Adongo in mitigation pleaded for leniency noting that she did not know that smoking the modern cigarette on a plane was an offence.

“ I beg this court not to be harsh to me because I thought only smoking the regular tobacco cigarette on a plane is an offence, and not the electronic one,” said Ms Adongo.

Jambo Jet, a local airline company has outlawed smoking of any kind in any of its its aircrafts, just like other aeroplanes.

The chief magistrate ruled that she be released on a bond a of KES50, 000  and a surety of the same amount or a cash bail of KES 20,000, and gave January 8, as the date when the matter will be brought for hearing.

Smoking of electronic cigarrates, which are also referred to as ‘e-cigarettes’ is relatively new fad in Kenya, and it is a preserve of few prominent personalities , because of the high cost of the item.

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A single e-cigarette is equivalent in quantity to five packets of tobacco cigarettes, and costs KES 3,000. One single flavour costs between KES 900 to  KES 1,000.

Locally flamboyant Nairobi senator Mike Sonko is perhaps the most famous person that has been seen publicly puffing a digital cigar.

In December 2013 at the KICC during a concert, the maverick senator was caught out  by a paparazzi  smoking an e-cigarette publicly.

The E-cigarettes are believed to be less toxic and have a liquid solution that contains nicotine and are popular with people wishing to kick out addiction to harmful and addictive tobacco cigarettes.

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