Local Government and Housing Minister Sylvia Masebo says the law has since been put in place to put a stop to smoking in public places.
Briefing the press in Lusaka today, Ms. Masebo explained that government was compelled to issue the local government aforesaid statutory instrument number 39 of 2008 following the continued smoking in public places by persons that have no regard for the comfort of others.
She said the prohibition of smoking in public places had to be given special attention due to its hazardous nature to non smokers, who are forced to be passive smokers.
Ms Masebo said the make Zambia clean and health programme must start with personal hygiene of individuals including stopping from smoking in public places.
She said any person found contravening the regulation will be liable, upon conviction, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.
Ms Masebo has since urged members of the public to abide by the law and enforce it by reporting any person to the police who will be found smoking in public.
She has further implored councils and business houses country wide to designate and stick posters were people are or not allowed to smoke.
Meanwhile, government has increased the subsidies for chiefs by 15 percent for the 286 traditional leaders in the country.
Local Government and Housing Minister, Silvia Masebo said the subsidies have been increased effective 1st January, 2008.
She said the increment was effected following numerous requests from the traditional leaders adding that the 15 percent increment will help them pay back the car loans which government recently bought for them.
“Let me take this opportunity to inform the Royal Highnesses that government has heard their request and appeal to his Excellency the President regarding their subsidies. In this regard, the government has increased their subsidies by 15 percent with effect from 1st January, 2008,” Ms Masebo said.