Smokers in Nigeria are to be banned from buying single cigarette under a provision of the National Tobacco Control Act 2015.
Health Minister Prof. Isaac Adewole disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja at a press conference to mark the 2017 World No Tobacco Day.
Prof. Adewole stated that the federal government was set to enforce the National Tobacco Control Act 2015, saying crackdown on smoking in public places will begin in earnest.
He added that plans are afoot for the implementation of some provisions of the act before the end of the year, adding that smokers would be compelled to buy a pack containing 20 sticks of cigarettes or not buy at all.
He said, “Before the end of the year, the implementation of some provisions of the National Tobacco Control Act 2015, will begin. This include the prohibition of sale of tobacco products to and by anyone below 18, and ban on sale of cigarettes in single sticks. Cigarettes must be sold in packs of 20 sticks only.
“Prohibition of smoking anywhere on the premises of a childcare 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.”
The minister added that the government would also prosecute owners or managers of any of the places listed above, “who permits, encourages or fails to stop smoking in the above listed places.”