Cigarette blitz nets 2 000

Herald Reporter
Police in Harare have arrested more than 2 000 smokers, retailers and vendors for selling unpacked, single cigarettes. The suspects were arrested under an ongoing operation code-named Chengetedzai Hutano (Guard your health) which was launched to curb smoking in public places and sale of loose cigarettes.

Selling unpacked cigarettes and smoking in public places are in contravention of sections of Statutory Instrument 264 of 2002, Public Health (Control of Tobacco) Regulations of 2002.

According to SI 264 of 2002, cigarette manufacturers must use the mandatory health warning that reads “Danger: Smoking is Harmful to Health”. Loose cigarettes do not bear that warning as it is only found on the packaging.

Acting Harare provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Tarirai Dube said: “From January 10 to Monday, we have made 2 009 arrests. We are targeting retailers, shops and vendors who contravene sections of Statutory Instrument 264 of 2002 which prohibits the selling of unpacked cigarettes and cigarette packaging without a health warning sign.”

According to the law, the manager, owner or person in charge of any public premise shall prominently display clearly legible signs indicating areas in which smoking is prohibited or permitted.

Retailers and wholesalers must also have prominent signs showing that the sale of tobacco and related products to people under the age of 18 is illegal.

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  • MATASA

    They must rather focus on all the smuggling taking place where the Zimbabwe government is losing millions because of corruption and concentrate on the weekly smuggling to Mozambique and south Africa where they turning a blind eye

    • Loura

      Now who could be behind all this drama, from a business view ,vemidzanga vakasungwa, then it means poor business for this company we all know inogadzira premium quality cigarettes but packaging yavo ichitangira pama10s yet on the other hand it will mean good business to this other company we all know kuti chifodya chacho vanhu havachidi but chinowanika in packages of even 2 cigarettes, All it took is for someone with a political connection ,to remind the “law” enforcers to “uphold” the law!

  • crazy

    This is crazy you might as well arrest any smoker in the street as the cigarette they are smoking doesn’t have the warning on it. This is insane do our police not have anything better to do. The loose cigarettes are being sold out of a box that has the health warning. this is clearly a twisting the law to suite a situation. very silly!!!!

  • baba taku

    This is ridiculous. Kushaya basa chaiko

  • zhowada

    but mbanje tirikurova hedu