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Thursday, 1 June 2017

FG bans sale of cigarettes to anyone below 18, list places where smoking is prohibited

The Federal government has announced the ban on the sale of cigarettes to persons below the age of 18. Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, made the announcement during a press briefing in Abuja as part of activities to mark the World No Tobacco Day, yesterday May 31st.
“Having carefully analysed the NTC Act 2015, I wish to announce with high sense of responsibility that government will begin implementing the following provisions:
prohibition of sale of tobacco products to and by anyone below 18; ban of sale of cigarettes in single sticks. Cigarettes must be sold in packs of 20 sticks only; and smokeless tobacco shall be sold in a minimum of a pack of 30 grams.

Ban of sale or offer for sale or distribution of tobacco or tobacco products through mail, internet or other online device; prohibition of interference of tobacco industry in public health and related issues; and Prohibition of smoking in anywhere on the premises of a child care facility; educational facility; and health care facility.

“Other prohibited places for smoking include playgrounds; amusement parks; plazas; public parks; stadium, public transports, restaurants, bars, or other public gathering spaces.” Adwole also called for the prosecution of owners or managers of any of the places listed above, who permits, encourages or fails to stop smoking in the above listed places.

Adewole in his statement also announced the prohibition of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship of any kind; and compliance with specified standard for content as set out by Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good thing as there is a growing prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease around the world, which has smoking as its main risk factor.

dj banti said...

Will dat work in dis country

Harbest said...

Make I hear.....
So a boy or girl of 19 years can smoke 20 sticks of cigarettes per day unhindered? Yeye policy!!!

Tiger H said...

Another office for police extortion

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Hmmm


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amblessed said...

Good news
I wish FG can also ban the importation of cigarettes.
Smokers please stop smoking

ikenna ezennaya said...

Is that the problem this country is having???

kas Igies said...

Good choice, but minister when are you going to mandate hospital to have equipments like oxygen, defibrillators and so on, it's time for such mandates or give them loans to buy such equipments.

Olashile Canada said...

Bufsaasaaaaaahehehehehe am laughin in swahili mama wey dey sell cigarette by the road side wey never sell kobo all day person one cum buy cigar she go ask for id abi?kotinu with dis bs do whats right before all these yeye law ppl are starving ogbeni Minister

Anonymous said...

Finally we can now breath fresh air.

Hector said...

i wish FG can also ban the importation of cigarettes. good thing as there is a growing prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease around the world, which has smoking as its main risk factor.

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Vera Biayeibo said...

One if its many problems if u ask me.

Anonymous said...

A country with no ambition

Noble Ajuz said...

The kind of confusion that is worrying this administration is in itself worrisome. How would this work here, an Aboki will comfortably sell a cigarette to a 15yrs old boy with Tom Tom join.

Thomas Namo said...

Until the federal government ban the importation of cigarettes, and also ban the smoking of it generally they are just pouring water in a basket where it cannot even hold the water for 2seconds

JAO said...

Good to hear, i wonder how they intend to implement this tho.

Anonymous said...

With kids of this days looking 20's while under 17, how does a seller of cigarette decipher his/clients age?.Why not tackle the most likely causes of people venturing into smoking before tackling the sales..You tackle the intents and not just the actions.

Anonymous said...

Why????
FG do you have free health care?
Are your hospitals in satisfactory standard to worry about people clogging thier lungs?
Biko worry about something else

Ohanu Eucharia said...

I tireooooooo, abeg wetin concern aboki with age? aboki wey never understand simple English. this is just another business venture for the Nigerian police.

Crazycashbiz said...

I'm glad to see that Nigeria is taking this bold step however this has already been in place in a majority of European countries, USA and Canada! Good step forward though!

emeka okolie said...

Story! Iv seen a chinko smoking inside road safety compound zone 7 Abuja, no soul said a word to him that's asides the ones we see in the airport o

Okoye Michael said...

Stupid decision.. When the economy is in shambles.. It's ciga that's more important. Don't blame her Sha.

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