Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State today in Ikeja assented to a bill prohibiting smoking in schools, hotels, and other public places in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fashola's assent followed the passage of the bill by the state House of Assembly on Jan. 20.
The law, a copy of which was obtained by NAN, prescribes between one month to three months imprisonment or a fine of between N10,000 to N15,000 for offending smokers.
Any person who repeatedly violates the law risks six months imprisonment or a fine of N50,000 or both.
The law also requires owners and those in charge of public places and other ``No Smoking Areas" to put up signs prohibiting the practise on their property and stop people from smoking around their premises.
Violators of the provision of the law are liable on conviction to a fine of N100,000 or six months imprisonment or both.
In his remarks, Fashola said the new law spoke of the commitment of the state government to the promotion of public health and public safety.
He said the overall objective of the new law was to protect lives and safeguard the rights of residents of the state.