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- Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 08:00
Advocates are celebrating after Senegal passed its first tobacco control law on 14 March.
The law includes numerous provisions, including:
- A ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship;
- Increased tobacco taxes, with revenues used to finance tobacco control;
- A ban on smoking in public places, except bars, hotels and airports;
- Graphic health warnings covering 70 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs.
Additionally, the law permits civil society organisations to file a legal complaint against violations of the law.
The law imposes fines of up to US$100 for smoking in public and more than $400,000 for violating the advertising ban.