TOBACCO SMOKING (CONTROL) ACT
ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
- Control of tobacco smoking.
- Restriction on tobacco smoking advertisement.
- Tobacco packages to contain certain information.
- Penalties for smoking, etc., in prohibited areas.
- Penalty for advertising, selling, etc., of tobacco.
- Short title.
An Act to provide for the control of smoking in certain places and advertisement of tobacco in Nigeria.
[1990 No. 20.]
[1st October, 1990; 1st June, 1990]
[Commencement. S.1. 7 of 1990. S.1. 18 of 1990.]
- Control of tobacco smoking
No person shall, as from the commencement of this Act, smoke tobacco in the places specified in the First Schedule to this Act.
- Restriction on tobacco smoking advertisement
(1) In pursuance of this Act, no person shall advertise tobacco products to the general public in a bid to encourage tobacco smoking through any of the means specified in the Second Schedule to this Act unless the advertisement contains a warning that tobacco smoking is dangerous to health.
(2) Pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, no tobacco industry, firm or association of individuals or any other body corporate shall sponsor or promote any of their products at any sports event sponsored or promoted by them.
3. Tobacco packages to contain certain information
(1) Except as provided by this Act, no package containing tobacco products meant for smoking shall be sold in Nigeria, unless the following rotating warnings are inscribed on the package, that is-
(a) “The Federal Ministry of Health warns that tobacco smoking is dangerous to
(b) “Smokers are liable to die young”.
(2) Pursuant to subsection (1) of this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to sell any tobacco product in Nigeria unless the amount of the tar and nicotine contents of each unit of the product is stated on the package.
4. Penalties for smoking, etc., in prohibited areas
Any person who smokes tobacco contrary to the provisions of this Act shall be guilty
of an offence under this Act and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than
N200 and not exceeding N1,000 or to imprisonment to a term of not less than one month and not exceeding two years or to both such fine and imprisonment.
5. Penalty for advertising, selling, etc., of tobacco
(1) Any person who advertises, sells or offers for sale any tobacco product otherwise
than in compliance with the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall be liable, on conviction, to a fine of not less than N5,000.
(2) Where an offence under this Act is committed by a body corporate or firm or other association of individuals-
(a) every director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate;
(b) every partner or officer of the firm;
(c) every person concerned in the management of the affairs of the association; or
(d) every person who was purporting to act in any such capacity as aforesaid,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding
N 5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both such fine and imprisonment as if he had himself committed the offence, unless he proves that the act or omission constituting the offence took place without his knowledge, consent or connivance.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
“tobacco” includes manufactured and unmanufactured tobacco of every description
which is processed and used for smoking in pipes, cigars and cigarettes.
7. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Tobacco Smoking (Control) Act.
(a) Cinema, theatre or stadium;
(c) Public transportation;
(e) Medical establishments;
(f) Schools; and
(g) Nursery institutions.
[Section 2 (1 ).]
(f) Bill boards; and
No Subsidiary Legislation