Nigeria To Ban Flavoured Cigarettes
Nigeria is set to ban the sale of flavoured cigarettes.
This follows the conclusion of the review of the Nigeria Industrial Standard (NIS) 463:2014 for Tobacco and Tobacco Products – Specifications for Cigarette in Abuja by the technical committee on Tobacco and Tobacco products.
A key resolution of the committee according to a source is that characterising flavours, strawberry, banana, apple and menthol amongst others shall not be used in the manufacture of cigarettes in Nigeria. This will also apply to imported cigarettes after the reviewed standard is approved.
Other countries where flavour in cigarette and other tobacco products have been prohibited include Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia and Uganda while menthol cigarettes will be banned in the European Union, Turkey and Moldovia from May 2020.
However, Head of public Relations at the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Mr. Bola Fashina said the technical committee resolutions were still mere proposals, subject to approval by the Standards Council.