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CAPI backs removal of prison term for smoking breach

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 1:31 PM

Lobby group Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI) has backed the decision of the Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson to remove prison terms for someone convicted of breaching the public smoking ban.



The penalty is among aspects of the regulations which have been rolled back.



Previously, people could be fine up to $50,000 or be sent to prison for three months for a first offence and fined up to $500,000 or six months in prisons for a second breach.



In announcing the changes in Parliament yesterday, Ferguson said it was not the intention of the government to criminalise smokers.



CAPI is calling for enforcement by the police to be suspended while the parliament deliberates on the regulations.



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