In 2015, The Nigerian tobacco control Act was passed to address the health implications caused by using tobacco products. Certain aspects of the Act were not addressed which created loopholes that hindered its effective enforcement.
The Nigerian Tobacco Control regulations were passed and gazetted in 2019. The gazettement of the regulation makes it easier for the public to be aware of these tobacco regulations.
Ban on smoking in public places
Smoking tobacco products in public places including, educational facilities, health care facilities, playgrounds, amusement parks, restaurants, bars and other public gathering spaces is banned. Failure to obey this will result in 50,000 Naira fine and or 6 a month jail term.
Ban on the sale of cigarettes in single sticks
Sale of cigarettes in single sticks is banned. Cigarette packs must have a minimum of 20 sticks per pack. Breaking this law will result in 200,000 Naira fine and or one year jail term.
Clear and graphic warning signs
All cigarette packs must have clear and graphic Health warnings that cover 50% of the packaging. Penalty for disobeying this will result in a 5,000,000 Naira fine and or jail term of 2 years for a manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor.
Ban on advertising and promotions
Ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Any use of tobacco in entertainment must warn viewers on the dangerous health implications of smoking or using tobacco. Failure to comply will result in a 1,000,000 Naira fine and or jail term of 1 year.