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Brief Overview

E-cigarettes are legal in Nigeria.  The President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele has spoken out in support of electronic cigarettes and believes that they are the most effective tool in stopping smoking.

While e-cigarettes can legally be used anywhere, cigarettes are banned in most indoor and outdoor public places, and smoking in front of children is a criminal offence according to laws passed in 2014.  Due to the scarcity of e-cigarettes in the country, ensure that you use caution and subtlety while vaping so as to not have your exhaled vapor confused for cigarette smoke.

It is also recommended that you bring your devices and e-liquids with you while traveling, as e-cigarette products are very rare and consist mainly of substandard disposable units and low-quality e-liquids.

To avoid possible trouble, we suggest that you abide by current smoking laws until further information is gathered from the embassy. (Available in the tab below)

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All Laws & Regulations

Nigeria became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on January 18, 2006.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is restricted to designated smoking areas in indoor public places and workplaces. Smoking is prohibited on public transport.  Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor spaces, including: restaurants and bars and any place where food or drink is served or consumed, playgrounds, amusement parks, public parks, and other public gathering places; bus stops, vehicle parks and seaports; within five meters of doorways, windows and air intakes of public places or workplaces; within five meters of queues or public transport stops; on the premises of child care and educational facilities; on the premises of healthcare facilities; and outdoor stadiums and arenas. To date, implementing regulations that could clarify the placement and construction of any designated smoking areas have not been issued by the Ministry of Health or received the necessary subsequent approval from both Houses of the National Assembly. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.

All indoor workplaces

Smoking is Restricted

All indoor public places

Smoking is Restricted

All public transport

100% Smoke Free

Government facilities

Smoking is Restricted

Hospitals

Smoking is Restricted

Residential healthcare facilities – public areas

Smoking is Restricted

Non-residential healthcare facilities

Smoking is Restricted

Childcare facilities/preschools

Smoking is Restricted

Primary and secondary schools

Smoking is Restricted

Universities/vocational facilities

Smoking is Restricted

Shops

Smoking is Restricted

Cultural facilities

Smoking is Restricted

Indoor stadium/arenas

Smoking is Restricted

Restaurants

Smoking is Restricted

Bars/pubs/nightclubs

Smoking is Restricted

Casinos

Smoking is Restricted

Hotels/lodging – public areas

Smoking is Restricted

Hotels/lodgings – guest rooms

Smoking is Restricted

Prisons/detention facilities – public areas

Smoking is Restricted

Trains, buses and other shared ground transportation other than taxis

100% Smoke Free

Taxis (for-hire vehicle)

100% Smoke Free

Commercial aircraft

100% Smoke Free

Commercial watercraft

100% Smoke Free

Public transport facilities (waiting areas for mass transit)

Smoking is Restricted

Private offices

Smoking is Restricted

Residential house co-occupied by a person who is below 18 years of age, except in a room exclusively occupied by the smoker

Smoking is Restricted

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.

Relevant Links & Articles

Tobacco Control Laws: https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/nigeria/laws

Smoke Free Laws: https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/nigeria/sf-indoor

World Health Organization Tobacco Report: http://www.who.int/entity/tobacco/surveillance/policy/country_profile/nga.pdf?ua=1

Tobacco Atlas Information: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/country-data/nigeria/

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