Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 16–33 | Cite as

Nigeria's costly complacency and the global tobacco epidemic

  • Solomon O Nwhator
Original Article


Although smoking prevalence rates remain far lower in Nigeria than in Europe, they are rising, particularly as multinational tobacco companies target youth and work to regain the revenues they are losing in Europe and north America. This article recounts 25 years of Nigeria's tobacco control policy and presents every bit of evidence available about smoking prevalence rates and trends that show troubling increases, especially among youth. It concludes with recommendations for urgent and comprehensive action in Nigeria and by the World Health Organization (WHO) organized largely on a framework provided by the WHO.


smoking tobacco control Nigeria smoking control law smoking control policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Solomon O Nwhator
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Independent researcherManchesterUK
  2. 2.Formerly at Department of Preventive & Community DentistryThe Obafemi Awolowo UniversityIle-IfeNigeria

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