The National Tobacco Control Act states that “the police or any other law enforcement agency of government shall have the duty to inspect and investigate complaints and take appropriate enforcement action under the Act and in regulations made under the Act.” The police are authorized to enter any public place, workplace or public transport to conduct inspections. However, the Act does not specify an inspection protocol or schedule.
The law aligns with the FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in that it identifies the police as the enforcement agency. However, to more fully align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines the law or any future implementing regulations should fully specify the authority and duties of the police and any other enforcement agency, including inspection authority, schedules and protocols.