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  • Nigeria's Minister of health wants tobacco law that bans smoking in bars and restaurants enforced
  • Nigeria's minister of health, Isaac Adewole, has
    written to the Attorney-General of the Federation
    and the Nigeria Police Force over the enforcement
    of the 2015 National Tobacco Control Act.
    In the letter, Mr. Adewole requested for their
    collaboration in the enforcement of the law
    saying:
    'It has become imperative to strengthen our
    collaborative efforts and to urgently start
    implementing and enforcing the provisions of the
    NTC Act 2015 in order to protect and promote the
    health of the citizens'.
    The National Tobacco Control Act that was signed
    into law in 2015 by former President Goodluck
    Jonathan stipulates the following;
    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 as set out by Standards Organization of
    Nigeria.

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