Research has shown that second hand smokers are more liable of having cigarette related cancer compared to smokers. Incidentally, second hand smokers don’t smoke the cigarette, but rather they are passers by who inhale a larger quantity of cigarette smokes exhaled by smokers.
Seeing the serious health hazard that cigarette smoke from smokers pose to non-smokers, the assertive state parliamentarian representing Eti-Osa Constituency 02 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Engr. Gbolahan Olusegun Yishawu has sponsored a private bill prohibiting smoking in designated places.
The bill already has passed through its first reading. If eventually passed into law, no person shall as from its commencement, smoke tobacco, or anything, which contains tobacco, or any other substance in any place designated as “No Smoking Area”.
From the commencement of the law, “it shall be an offence to smoke in the presence of a child under the age of 15 years in any vehicle or location listed or not listed as “No Smoking Area”, the bill read in part.
When the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji put the bill to vote, most members supported the bill.
Engr. Gbolahan Yishawu as a state parliamentarian keeps thinking ahead by promoting bills that seek to put people first. The anti-smoking in public places bill is one such bill that serves, if eventually passed, as a health insurance; safeguarding people from health hazards caused by negative habit- smoking.
Based on report by Wale Akinola on Compass news Thursday October 1st 2012 page
Smoking health hazard According to the American Lung Association, cigarette smoking is the most important source of disease and illness and/or premature death worldwide.
* Each year, 438,000 Americans lose their lives to smoking-related illnesses.
* Cigarettes contain more than 4,800 chemicals – 69 of these are known to cause cancer.