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NFVCB moves to enforce no-smoking law for Nollywood movies



The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has commenced talks with practitioners and stakeholders in the entertainment industry to enforce a law banning smoking in movies.

NFVCB’s executive director, Adebayo Thomas spoke on Saturday while presenting a communique at the end of an entertainment industry stakeholders’ roundtable in Lagos.

The roundtable focused on the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 and the National Tobacco Control Regulations 2019 in Lagos as they relate to the entertainment industry.

Thomas said the board and the federal ministry of information and culture were worried about the growing evidence linking the entertainment industry with the increasing tobacco use and its impact on public health.

He stated that NFVCB prioritised the classification of movies with smoking scenes and tobacco depiction and would ensure these were fully enforced.

Thomas said the existing national legislation does not sufficiently capture emerging alternative products of tobacco such as e-cigarettes and shisha.

He advised the national assembly, ministry of health, and other relevant authorities to involve the movie industry players in their engagements so as to be on the same page in the implementation of the legislation.

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