Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Federal Executive Council Approves Draft National Tobacco Control Bill

The Federal Executive Council has approved the draft National Tobacco Control Bill that will be sent to the National Assembly for promulgation into law.

The Bill recommends a minimum of six months imprisonment of fifty thousand naira, or both for individuals who smoke outside public places designated as smoking areas.

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu told newsmen after the weekly council’s meeting in Abuja that the penalties for corporate offenders varied from one million naira to five million and one year to two years imprisonment for the chief executives of such firms.

He said all forms of advertisement of Tobacco is totally banned under the proposed law, adding that while the law forbids government from accepting gifts from tobacco companies, it also bans the firms from sponsoring any public event.

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