*To ban flavoured cigarettes
By Franklin Ocheneyi
NIGERIA is set to join countries of the World that have banned the sale of flavoured cigarettes in its markets as the technical committee on Tobacco and Tobacco products concludes the review of Nigeria Industrial Standard, NIS 463:2014 for Tobacco and Tobacco Products – Specifications for Cigarette in Abuja.
An informed source at the meeting stated that industry representatives almost staged a walk out during the discussions.
Contacted on the development, Standards Organisation of Nigeria Head of Public Relations, Mr. Bola Fashina declined comments stating that technical committee resolutions are proposals, subject to approval by the Standards Council.
A key resolution of the committee according to source was that characterising flavours, strawberry, banana, apple and menthol amongst others shall not be used in the manufacture of cigarettes in Nigeria.