19 Jul 2007

Calls in Solomon Islands for more consultation before smoking ban comes into effect

11:26 am on 19 July 2007

There are calls for more consultation before a smoking ban comes into effect in Solomon Islands.

A bill to be tabled in the Solomon parliament at the end of the year will see smoking banned in public places and on public transport.

The Minister of Commerce, Peter Shanel, supports the planned legislation but says wider consultation must be carried out before any changes are made.

Last year, tobacco provided the Solomon's government with one of its largest incomes in terms of tax.

Solomon Tobacco's Lily Lomulo says her company supports the legislation.

She says regulation is needed to protect revenue to the government, and to curb increases in illicit trade and youth smoking.

Mr Shanel says the Bill will now be brought to the October-November sitting of Parliament - two months later than planned.