People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- March 15, 2011
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a strong Tobacco Control Bill that should change the way tobacco is consumed in the country and the manner in which the tobacco business operates.
The bill will shortly go for a “reconciliation conference” of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and then for presidential assent.
- A National Tobacco Control (TC) Committee to guide implementation and future TC policies;
- A comprehensive ban of smoking in public places;
- Clearly visible tax stamps on cigarette packs;
- A ban on sales to minors and by minors;
- Prohibition of the sale of cigarettes that are not packaged – but the bill doesn’t specify the number per pack;
- A comprehensive ban on advertising, sponsorship and promotion, including by mail, testimonials, brand stretching, indirect advertising, etc;
- Health warnings covering 50 percent of the display area of tobacco packages, with the Minister of Health empowered to prescribe pictures or pictogram;
- Enforcement provisions to ensure that the law is effectively implemented.