Avoiding "A Massive Spin-Off Effect in West Africa & Beyond": The Tobacco Industry Stymies Tobacco Control in Nigeria

Nigeria plays important economic and political roles in Africa and is a significant market for the tobacco industry.  A recent study co-authored by UCSF tobacco control researchers, Catherine O. Egbe, PhD, Stella Bialous, PhD, and Stanton Glantz, PhD, published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research Journal (February 2017), describes the tobacco industry’s efforts to block Nigeria’s early tobacco control attempts.  This is the first detailed account of tobacco industry interference with tobacco legislation in Africa.  The industry used lobbying and front groups to block and weaken Nigeria’s tobacco control, especially the Tobacco Smoking (Control) Decree 20 of 1990 and efforts to strengthen it in 1995.  Click here to read the full article.