FG Issues New Order Regarding Cigarette Sale, Smoking

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has through the Health Minister, Isaac Adewole announced the ban on the sale of cigarettes to persons under the age of 18.

The Health Minister while speaking during a press briefing in Abuja noted that the new order is in line with the activities to mark the World No Tobacco Day which held yesterday, May 31st.

Isaac Adewole during the press conference said: “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.”

He added: “Other prohibited places for smoking include playgrounds; amusement parks; plazas; public parks; stadium, public transports, restaurants, bars, or other public gathering spaces.”

The Health Minister further called for the legal trial and prosecution of owners and managers of the places listed above, who permits, encourages or fails to stop smoking in the above listed places.

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