BBNaija accused of disobeying government’s smoking ban


The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance, NTCA, and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), two anti-tobacco organizations, have written to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) requesting that the Big Brother Naija show be sanctioned.

The BBNaija show, which is now in its sixth season, has been accused of disobeying the government’s smoking ban.

The group maintains that the relevant government agency must sanction the show.

The anti-tobacco group reminded the NBC of its directive to the BBNaija show’s organizers.

The National Tobacco Control Act 2015 and the National Tobacco Control Regulations 2019, which prohibit tobacco advertising and promotion, have been violated, according to the report.

The group claimed, citing a specific section of the offenses:

“The NTC Act 2015, Section 12(1).”

The letter, which was signed by the heads of both organizations, CAPPA’s Executive Director, Akinbode Oluwafemi, and NTCA’s Program Manager, Chibuike Nwokorie, urges the National Broadcasting Commission’s Director-General, Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, to act quickly.

They claimed that the show is appealing to children under the age of 18 and that the housemates were observed smoking cigarettes on August 2, 5, 10, 11, and 13.

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