Tag - Nigeria

Nigeria: NBC told to sanction BBNaija for public smoking

An anti-tobacco group, ‘The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance, NTCA and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have jointly written to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction the Big Brother Naija show. The BBNaija show which has entered season 6 show ‘Shine Ya Eyes’, was accused of flouting the government’s directive on smoking. The...

Nigeria: ‘FG should anticipate pushback over pictorial warnings on tobacco products’

Chibuike Nwokorie is the Project Officer with the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance, NTCA. In this interview, he bares his mind on the new policy on Pictorial Health Warnings, PHWs, which must be on all tobacco products manufactured and sold in Nigeria starting June 23, and other sundry issues on tobacco control in Nigeria. Excerpts: How do...

BATNF clinches two awards at the West Africa Innovation Awards

July 29, 2021 was a day of honour for the British American Tobacco Nigerian Foundation (BATNF) as it clinched two awards for excellence in sustainability, namely ‘Best Sustainability in Agriculture’ and ‘Best Sustainability in Youth and Economic Development’ at the West Africa Innovation Awards held at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. The West...

BBN Season 6 – Groups Write NBC, Demand Prohibition of Smoking in Big Brother Naija

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) and the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) today (July 16, 2021) have sent a petition to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) asking the agency to prohibit smoking in the Big Brother Naija Season 6 which commences on July 18, 2021. CAPPA and NTCA in the letter titled...

Tobacco: Silently hiding smokers in graves

Tobacco was historically discovered by a European in the person of Christopher Columbus in 1492, initially, it was only smoked by high-class personalities during festivities but Columbus took it back to Europe where it gained recognition. Smoking increased dramatically during world wars, it was supplied to troops for free mainly to boost their morale but...

Nigeria: Groups seek enforcement of smoking ban in movies

"36 movies were screened in total, picked from English, Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba genres. All the 36 movies reviewed had smoking scenes, some in a scene while others were in multiple scenes." Participants at a summit on Smoking in Movies (#Smokefreenollywood) held in Lagos have called for the immediate commencement of enforcement of the ban...

Nigeria: Tobacco And The Entertainment Industry

All the stakeholders must do more to tackle the menace of smoking The recent call by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) for an end to using smoking scenes in movies, music video and other aspects of the entertainment industry, is one we wholeheartedly endorse. According to...

Nigeria: FG to increase tobacco tax as minister insists on strict enforcement

NHF, WHO tackle government over sales The ministries of Health as well as Finance, Budget and National Planning are working together to upwardly review taxes on tobacco in a bid to make the product unaffordable. This comes as the Federal government has warned the tobacco industry against the introduction of electronic smoking devices, which are falsely...

Nigeria: Abia under pressure to domesticate Tobacco Control Act

*As 16,000 die of tobacco-related diseases in Nigeria annually Abia State Government has come under intense pressure to domesticate the National Tobacco Control Act passed into law since 2015. A civil society group, Civil Society Legislative Advocay Centre, CISLAC, which is at the vanguard of the advocacy, visited the state where it had audience with top...

World No Tobacco Day: Activists task health workers on cessation therapy for smokers

Anti-tobacco activists have said health professionals have the greatest potential of any group to promote the reduction of tobacco use, as only a few people understand the specific health risks of tobacco use. They made this point during a briefing to mark the World No Tobacco Day, in Lagos, adding that a disturbing reality is...