FG To Implement 9 Laws On Smoking In Nigeria


As the world marks this year’s World No Tobacco Day,
Nigeria’s Health Minister, Isaac Adewole, has announced
nine regulations in the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act that
would be implemented by the federal government.
The National Tobacco Control Act was signed into law in
2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The theme for this year’s event, ‘Tobacco: A Threat to
Development,’ aims at highlighting the link between
tobacco use and development as well as show that tobacco
control can break the cycle of poverty, contribute to ending
hunger, promote sustainable agriculture and economic
growth, and combat climate change.
Ahead of this year’s celebration, the World Health
Organization revealed that tobacco kills over seven million
people annually, and is an increasing risk factor in non-
communicable (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease,
cancers and chronic obstructed pulmonary disease.
Earlier Mr. Adewole, a Professor of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology, had told PREMIUM TIMES that the
implementation of the tobacco control Act had been slow
because the draft Regulations need the National Assembly
approval.
Below are the regulations listed by the minister to be
implemented:
1. Prohibition of the sale of tobacco products to and by
anyone below age 18.
2. Ban of sale of cigarettes in single sticks; cigarettes must
be sold in packs of 20 sticks only.
3. Smokeless tobacco shall be sold in a minimum of a pack
of 30 grammes.
4. Ban of sale or offer for sale or distribution of tobacco or
tobacco products through mail, internet, or other online
devices.
5. Prohibition of interference of tobacco industry in public
health and related issues.
6. Prohibition of smoking in anywhere on the premises of
a child care facility, educational facility, and healthcare
facility. Other prohibited for smoking include playgrounds,
amusement parks, plazas, public parks, stadia, public
transport, restaurants’ bar, and other public gathering
spaces.
7. Prosecution of owner or manager of any of the places
listed above who permits, encourages or fails to stop
smoking in the above listed places.
8. Prohibition of tobacco advertising, promotion and
sponsorship of any kind.
9. Compliance with specified standards for content.

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