In July 2012, newspaper coverage stated that Ghana had passed a smokefree air law, covering public places, with exemptions for smoking areas in restaurants and bars.
A Tobacco Control Bill was drafted in 2003 that would make public places smokefree, but the bill has not been ratified by the Parliament.
In May of 2009, the non-governmental organization Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) called for the establishment of a National Tobacco Control Council to ensure the swift passage of the Tobacco Control Bill into law.
In July 2011, a tobacco control bill had a first reading in Parliament. If
passed, the measure would make public places smokefree.
will be protected under ban of public smoking
on public smoking to protect non-smokers FDA
ban on smoking in public
on right for a smoke free environment - FDA
Urged To Pass Tobacco Control Bill
Smoking Will Be Penalized Under New Law
Smoking in public will now attract a fine of GHc9, 000 or a three-year
imprisonment or both under the new Public Health Law. Under the law,
smoking has been banned in places such as the streets, homes, vehicles,
bars, restaurants and other places of public use. The Chairman of the
Tobacco Bill Passage'
... the public who do not smoke the ordeal of being exposed to passive
smoking. ... to save non-smokers from contracting diseases linked with
passive smoking ...
calls for ban on public smoking
According to her, it is time that the country's law-making body and
the government become decisive in curtailing the public smoking menace
by placing bans on ...
campaigner calls for ban on smoking
He said if Government or policy-makers are reluctant to ban cigarettes
out-rightly, public smoking should be outlawed as the dangers associated
with passive or ...
A STRONG TOBACCO CONTROL MEASURES OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH BILL, 2011: Tobacco
Kills, hasten the passage to protect lives
Ghana has failed to meet its obligations on article 8, 13 and 5.2 of
the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). February 27, 2010
was the deadline for Ghana to have implemented a comprehensive ban on
tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (Article 13) and ban
smoking in public places (Article 8). Ghana is expected to have in place
comprehensive tobacco control legislation five years after ratifying
the FCTC (Article 5.2). ...
must speed up legislation on tobacco- Patricia Lambert
Ms Patricia Lambert, Director of International Legal Consortium for
Campaign for Tobacco - Free Kids, has urged the Government of Ghana
to consider the health of her people and speed up the tobacco control
urges parliamentarians to support tobacco control measures
Ghana: Bill to regulate tobacco use too prohibitive
Parliament Discusses Tobacco Bill
Control Bill Finally In Parliament
Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Selected Public Places (PM2.5 and Air Nicotine)
and Non-smoking Employees (Hair Nicotine) in Ghana.
Background Secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure is a global public health problem. Ghana currently has no legislation to prevent smoking in public places. To provide data on SHS levels in hospitality venues in Ghana the authors measured (1) airborne particulate matter <2.5 ?m (PM(2.5)) and nicotine concentrations and (2) hair nicotine concentrations in non-smoking employees. Quantifying SHS exposure will provide evidence needed to develop tobacco control legislation. Method PM(2.5) was measured for 30 min in 75 smoking and 13 non-smoking venues. Air nicotine concentrations were measured for 7 days in 8 smoking and 2 non-smoking venues. Additionally, 63 non-smoking employees provided hair samples for nicotine analysis. Result Compared to non-smoking venues, smoking venues had markedly elevated PM(2.5) (median 553 [IQR 259-1038] vs 16.0 [14.0-17.0] ?g/m(3)) and air nicotine (1.83 [0.91-4.25] vs 0.03 [0.02-0.04] ?g/m(3)) concentrations. Hair nicotine concentrations were also higher in non-smoking employees working in smoking venues (median 2.49 [0.46-6.84] ng/mg) compared to those working in non-smoking venues (median 0.16 [0.08-0.79] ng/mg). Hair nicotine concentrations correlated with ...
Status of Implementation of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
(FCTC) in Ghana: A Qualitative Study
air in Ghana bars fuels thesis study
While pursuing a masters degree at the Yale School of Public Health, Agbenyikey spent three months gathering data whilst bar-hopping around seven major cities in Ghana. The study, which has recently received considerable attention from governmental and non-governmental agencies, found that public smoking severely polluted the air in the establishments he canvassed and that the average nicotine levels of non-smoking employees working at smoking establishments could pass for those of habitual smokers.
Every night, [I would go out] to about three to four bars, he said. I set out around 8 or 7:30 p.m. to visit restaurants, and then I would move to bars and nightclubs. ...
Bill On Public Smoking For Cabinet
A Draft legislation intended to ban smoking in public places and promote other tobacco control measures, will be presented to Cabinet by Friday, Dr George Sipa-Adjah Yankey, the Minister of Health, has disclosed.
After Cabinet consideration, the draft anti-smoking legislation is expected to be presented to Parliament for further review before becoming law.
The bill has been on the shelves of the Ministry of Health since 2005 and there are fears among some health officials that it may continue to stall in the legislative process.
Mrs Edith Wellington, the Principle Health Research Officer at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), who is currently spearheading the Focal Point for Tobacco Control, told the Daily Graphic that the bill might pass quicker if more priority and resources were given to tobacco control.
According to Mrs Wellington, the Ministry of Health did not list tobacco
control on its priority issues agenda and was therefore not given an
aligned budget. ...
Law Gains Support
Accra, GNA - A report on a survey, to assess the levels of Second Hand Smoke (SHS) in selected places, has indicated that 80 per cent of workers in smoking and non-smoking establishments were in favour of smoke-free laws, citing health as a reason.
The report said even though all smoking venues, except one, had ventilation systems, 96 per cent had Particulate Matter of 2.5 level, which fell into hazardous category of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality Index.
According to Mr Winfred Agbenyikey, who conducted the research, the ventilation system cannot protect people from SHS exposure.
He said the study was conducted to measure the extent of pollution caused by SHS exposure to workers and patrons in selected indoor public places.
Presenting a Paper at a day's seminar on the theme: "Ban on Smoking in Public Places," for senior staff of the EPA in Accra on Thursday, he said bar owners interviewed claimed customers' preference and concerns over loss of revenue as their reason for allowing smoking in their establishments.
He, however, noted that owners of non-smoking locations, which had gone smoke-free voluntarily, six months before the study, reported a hike in attendance and increased revenue after the ban.
Mr Agbenyikey noted that even though there had been no studies in Ghana
to indicate that a smoke-free environment in public places, led to reduced
patronage and hence a decrease in revenue for owners, studies in the
USA and Ireland had proved that this was totally untrue. ...
Up Passage of the Tobacco Bill - Anti-tobacco Group
Accra, May 28, GNA - Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a civil society group, on Thursday called for the establishment of a National Tobacco Control Council to ensure the swift passage of the Tobacco Bill into law.
Briefing the media in Accra Mr Issah Ali, Executive Director of VALD, said members of the council, which should comprise relevant government agencies and civil society groups, would be expected to advise the Health Minister and other relevant agencies in the enforcement of the Tobacco Act.
The bill, which has been in a draft form since 2005, when passed into law, will among other things, ban smoking in public places and prohibit the sale of tobacco products in health and educational institutions, theatres and sports stadiums.
The bill in accordance with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will prohibit advertisements and promotion of tobacco products and sale of tobacco products to persons under-18 years of age. ...
on Tobacco Smoke Goes to Parliament
August 6, GNA- A bill on the ban of smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products at public places will soon be presented to Parliament for discussion and approval, Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, Director- General of Ghana Health Service said on Wednesday in Accra. The bill, which would be guided by the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, would address issues such as advertisements, sponsorship and warning to prevent people, especially the youth from accessing tobacco and tobacco products.
Briefing the press in Accra on Tobacco control, Prof. Akosa said government in 1989, made a pronouncement of ban on smoking in public places, which included cinemas, restaurants, theatres and public offices.
He said government had made efforts to control tobacco use, though there was no legislation backing the pronouncements. A directive was given by the Ministry of Health further banning smoking on the premises of any health facility throughout the country. ...