Smoker Assaulted Tobacco Control Inspector

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A smoker was convicted by the Court for assaulting a Tobacco Control Inspector (TCI), A spokesman for the Hong Kong Department of Health said.

The man, aged 32, was fined $2 000 and ordered to pay compensation of $133 to the affected TCI by Eastern Magistrates' Court.

The incident took place on July 5 when the man was found smoking by a TCI in an amusement game centre in Wan Chai. He forcefully pulled a door which hit the TCI at the chest during the course of investigation.

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The man was subsequently arrested and charged by the Police.

On the other hand, a 27-year-old man was sentenced by Sha Tin Magistrates' Court on August 25 to three weeks' imprisonment suspended for 12 months for obstructing two TCIs when the latter were taking summons actions against a smoking offender in a karaoke in Sha Tin in February this year.

The spokesman appealed to the public to co-operate with law enforcement officers.

"Intimidation of or use of violence on enforcement officers is a serious offence and carries serious legal consequences," the spokesman said.

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