members of North Bank Regional Technical Advisory Committee were on Friday
sensitized on the tobacco control Act.
The sensitization was organised by RAID Gambia and held in Kerewan North Bank Region.
Deputising for the Governor, Njaga Khan, Regional Community Development Officer, who doubles as secretary to the Technical Advisory Committee, underscored the importance of creating more public awareness on the tobacco Act with the view to ensuring compliance.
Khan called for concerted efforts of all and sundry to be vigilant and disseminate information to enhance social communication on consequences of tobacco.
Omar Badjie, Focal Person on Tobacco Person at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, said tobacco causes cancer, loss of hearing, tooth decay, stomach ulcers, cervical cancer and miscarriage.
He called for all hands to be on deck to join the campaign to reduce and stop tobacco uptake.
Lamin Sonko, Project Coordinator of RAID Gambia, noted that tobacco contains 400 different chemical contents and contribute to destruction of human health.
He reminded people about the offense and penalty of Tobacco Control Act, which is to control the demand and supply of tobacco related product.
The Act, according to Sonko, prohibits public smoking, citing work places and transport and anyone found wanting is liable to a fine of D1000 to D2,500 or in default serve three months imprisonment.
Foday Conta, Public Relation Officer of the Gambia Police Force, disclosed that the Act prohibits service men to smoke whilst in full uniform.
He said that it is chargeable offence if caught smoking whilst in uniform.
Chief Fabala Fadia Kinteh of Lower Baddibou and Lamin Ceesay chairman of Kerewan Area Council, both thanked the organizers for the foresight of creating more public awareness on the negative effects of tobacco.
The duo said the fight against tobacco called for concerted efforts of all stakeholders.