Ghana bans public smoking
Ghana has banned smoking in public places. The West African country's parliament finally passed a Bill banning smoking in public places after about seven years of intense lobbying and agitation. The new Tobacco Control Law bans smoking in public places, tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and prohibits young people under the age of 21 from buying and selling tobacco products, among other measures.
It also mandates the printing of Pictorial Health Warnings on tobacco packs to cover more than 70 per cent of the principal display areas of the packaging.
Under the new law, anyone caught lighting up a cigarette in prohibited locations faces prosecution and the payment of a fine, if convicted.