WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: POLL REVEALS AN URGENT NEED TO EFFECTIVELY ENFORCE THE TOBACCO CONTROL ACT IN NIGERIA

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NOIPolls joins the world in commemoration World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) which is observed annually on the 31st of May. The annual campaign seeks to inform and sensitize people on the deadly and destructive effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure as well as to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. The theme for the 2019 World No Tobacco Day is “Tobacco and lung health”. 

The aim of this year’s theme is to increase awareness amongst other things; on the effect of tobacco consumption on people’s health which range from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, the pivotal role lungs play in the overall health and well-being of people and the inter-relationship between tobacco smoking and tuberculosis death. For instance, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced as it kills more than 7 million people annually. Sadly, more than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

Nigeria is not exempted from this public health threat as it is estimated that more than 16,100 Nigerians die annually from tobacco-related diseases, while over 25,000 children (10 – 14 years) and more than 7.4 million adults continue to use tobacco each day. In commemoration of the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), NOIPolls presents findings from its past poll on tobacco consumption. The poll which was conducted in October 2016 highlighted perception of Nigerians concerning the prevalence of tobacco consumption, its harmful effects as well as the level of support for the implementation of Government’s policies on tobacco consumption. The poll results revealed that there is high prevalence (94 percent) of tobacco consumption in Nigeria however, 22 percent disclosed that they consume tobacco.

The poll results further showed that tobacco consumption is highly prevalent among the youth aged 18-25 years (56 percent). Interestingly, those aged between 18-35 years (58 percent) accounted for the largest proportion of Nigerians who made this assertion. Also, perception of the effects of smoking tobacco products revealed that most Nigerians (91 percent) acknowledged that it is very harmful and affirmation this cut across gender, geopolitical zones and age-groups. Lastly, poll results showed that majority of the respondents were in support of laws aimed at reducing the consumption of tobacco in the country. Remarkably, 79 percent advocated that the health warning labels on the packs of cigarettes should be strengthened, 87 percent indicated that smoking in public places should be banned, 76 percent want tougher restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, while banning of all forms of advertisement for tobacco products was supported by 71 percent of the respondents.

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The chart below revealed that most Nigerians (71 percent) admitted that there is a high prevalence of tobacco smoking in the country. Also, 23 percent of the respondents stated that it is somewhat prevalent whereas 6 percent reported that tobacco smoking is not prevalent at all.

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: POLL REVEALS AN URGENT NEED TO EFFECTIVELY ENFORCE THE TOBACCO CONTROL ACT IN NIGERIA - Brand Spur

Consequently, perception on smoking habits revealed that a larger proportion of the respondents (69 percent) claimed that they have never smoked tobacco. While 14 percent of the respondents indicated that they smoke tobacco regularly, 8 percent reported that they sometimes smoke tobacco but not regularly.

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: POLL REVEALS AN URGENT NEED TO EFFECTIVELY ENFORCE THE TOBACCO CONTROL ACT IN NIGERIA - Brand Spur

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An evaluation of tobacco smoking amongst various age-groups revealed that tobacco consumption is highly prevalent among the youth aged 18-25 years (56 percent) and most of the respondents in this category are those aged between 18-35 years (58 percent). The prevalence of tobacco smoking among youths may be influenced by peer pressure, boosting their ego, getting tipsy, earning perceived recognition or respect, overcoming shyness and depression among other reasons.

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: POLL REVEALS AN URGENT NEED TO EFFECTIVELY ENFORCE THE TOBACCO CONTROL ACT IN NIGERIA - Brand Spur

The opinion of Nigerians about the effects of smoking cigarettes was revealed that most Nigerians (91 percent) considered it to be very harmful. This assertion could suggest that Nigerians are aware of the implications of tobacco consumption.

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: POLL REVEALS AN URGENT NEED TO EFFECTIVELY ENFORCE THE TOBACCO CONTROL ACT IN NIGERIA - Brand Spur

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Lastly, poll results indicated that most of the respondents were in support of laws aimed at reducing the consumption of tobacco in the country. 79 percent advocated that the health warning labels on the packs of cigarettes should be strengthened, 87 percent indicated that smoking in public places should be banned, 76 percent want tougher restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, while banning of all forms of advertisement for tobacco products was supported by 71 percent of the respondents.

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY: POLL REVEALS AN URGENT NEED TO EFFECTIVELY ENFORCE THE TOBACCO CONTROL ACT IN NIGERIA - Brand Spur

In conclusion, the poll results revealed that there is a high prevalence of tobacco consumption mostly among youths aged between 18-25 years. Interestingly, 91 percent of the respondent admitted that tobacco consumption is very harmful to a person therefore, there is the need for concerted effort in the area of sensitization to educate especially the youths on the dangers and devastating effects of tobacco smoking on human health. Finally, there is a need for the effective implementation of the Tobacco Control Act which has already been passed by the 7th Assembly and signed into law in 2015. The implementation and enforcement of the law will no doubt, bring about the much-desired control of tobacco smoking and thereby curb the attendant effects of diseases related deaths caused by tobacco consumption.

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Spackman Entertainment Group’s Upcoming Musical Film THE BOX, Starring EXO’s Chanyeol, Scheduled To Be Released In The Spring Of 2021

  • Following the art film STONE SKIPPING, THE BOX is the next film production of the Company's wholly‐owned indirect subsidiary, Studio Take, founded by veteran movie producer, Mr. Song Dae‐chan
  • THE BOX will be EXO's Chanyeol's first lead acting role in a film
  • Directed by Yang Jung Woong, the Executive Producer of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, THE BOX is set to be screened in Korea in the spring of 2021

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 3 March 2021 - Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("Spackman Entertainment Group" or the "Company" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups, wishes to announce that its upcoming musical film THE BOX, produced by the Company's indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Studio Take Co., Ltd. ("Studio Take"), is set to be released in Korea in the spring of 2021.


Following the art film STONE SKIPPING, THE BOX is the next film production of Studio Take, which was founded by veteran movie producer, Mr. Song Dae‐chan.

THE BOX is about the musical journey of an aspiring singer and a once popular producer.

Directed by Yang Jung Woong, the Executive Producer of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, THE BOX stars EXO's Chanyeol who plays the aspiring singer and Jo Dal Hwan who acts as the once popular producer. This is Chanyeol's first lead role for a Korean commercial film. Jo Dal Hwan is known for his role in SECRET HEALER (2016), TRAFFICKERS (2012) and THE CON ARTISTS (2014).


About Spackman Entertainment Group Limited

Spackman Entertainment Group Limited ("SEGL" or the "Company"), and together with its subsidiaries, (the "Group"), founded in 2011 by Charles Spackman, is one of Korea's leading entertainment production groups. SEGL is primarily engaged in the independent development, production, presentation, and financing of theatrical motion pictures in Korea. According to Variety, Korea was the world's fourth largest box office market in 2019, behind only North America, China and Japan.


The Group also invests into and produces Korean television dramas. In addition to our content business, we also own equity stakes in entertainment-related companies and film funds that can financially and strategically complement our existing core operations. SEGL is listed on the Catalist of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited under the ticker 40E.

Production Labels

SEGL's wholly-owned Zip Cinema Co., Ltd. ("Zip Cinema") is one of the most recognised film production labels in Korea and has originated and produced some of Korea's most commercially successful theatrical films, consecutively producing 10 profitable movies since 2009 representing an industry leading track record. Recent theatrical releases of Zip Cinema's motion pictures include some of Korea's highest grossing and award-winning films such as CRAZY ROMANCE (2019), DEFAULT (2018), MASTER (2016), THE PRIESTS (2015), COLD EYES (2013), and ALL ABOUT MY WIFE (2012). For more information on Zip Cinema, do visit http://zipcine.com


SEGL also owns Novus Mediacorp Co., Ltd. ("Novus Mediacorp"), an investor, presenter, and/or post-theatrical distributor for a total of 79 films (58 Korean and 21 foreign) including ROSE OF BETRAYAL, THE OUTLAWS and SECRETLY, GREATLY, which was one of the biggest box office hits of 2013 starring Kim Soo-hyun of MY LOVE FROM THE STARS, as well as FRIEND 2: THE GREAT LEGACY. In 2012, Novus Mediacorp was also the post-theatrical rights distributor of ALL ABOUT MY WIFE, a top-grossing romantic comedy produced by Zip Cinema. In 2018, THE OUTLAWS, co-presented by Novus Mediacorp broke the all-time highest Video On Demand ("VOD") sales records in Korea. For more information on Novus Mediacorp, do visit http://novusmediacorp.com.


The Company owns a 100% equity interest in Simplex Films Limited ("Simplex Films") which is an early stage film production firm. The maiden film of Simplex Films, JESTERS: THE GAME CHANGERS (2019), was released in Korea on 21 August 2019. Simplex Films has several line-up of films including A BOLT FROM THE BLUE (working title).


The Company owns a 100% equity interest in Take Pictures Pte. Ltd. ("Take Pictures") which produced STONE SKIPPING (2020) and shall release THE BOX and GUARDIAN (working title) in 2021 tentatively.


The Company owns a 100% equity interest in Greenlight Content Limited ("Greenlight Content") which is mainly involved in the business of investing into dramas and movies, as well as providing consulting services for the production of Korean content. Through the acquisition of Greenlight Content, the Group's first co-produced drama, MY SECRET TERRIUS, starring top Korean star, So Ji Sub, achieved #1 in drama viewership ratings for its time slot and recorded double digits for its highest viewership ratings. Greenlight Content was one of the main investors of MY SECRET TERRIUS.


The Company owns a 20% equity interest in The Makers Studio Co. Ltd., which plans to produce and release four upcoming films, the first of which will be THE ISLAND OF THE GHOST'S WAIL, a comedy horror film.


Our films are theatrically distributed and released in Korea and overseas markets, as well as for subsequent post-theatrical worldwide release in other forms of media, including online streaming, cable TV, broadcast TV, IPTV, video-on-demand, and home video/DVD, etc. We release all of our motion pictures into wide-theatrical exhibition initially in Korea, and then in overseas and ancillary markets.

Talent Representation

The Company holds an effective shareholding interest of 43.88% in Spackman Media Group Limited ("SMGL"). SMGL, a company incorporated in Hong Kong, together with its subsidiaries, is collectively one of the largest entertainment talent agencies in Korea in terms of the number of artists under management, including some of the top names in the Korean entertainment industry. SMGL operates its talent management business through renowned agencies such as MSteam Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Son Ye-jin, Lee Min-jung, Ko Sung-hee), UAA&CO Inc. (Song Hye-kyo, Yoo Ah-in, Park Hyung-sik), Fiftyone K Inc. (So Ji Sub, Ok Taec-yeon), SBD Entertainment Inc. (Son Suk-ku), and Kook Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Kim Sang-kyung, Kim Ji-young). Through these full-service talent agencies in Korea, SMGL represents and guides the professional careers of a leading roster of award-winning actors/actresses in the practice areas of motion pictures, television, commercial endorsements, and branded entertainment. SMGL leverages its unparalleled portfolio of artists as a platform to develop, produce, finance and own the highest quality of entertainment content projects, including theatrical motion pictures, variety shows and TV dramas. This platform also creates and derives opportunities for SMGL to make strategic investments in development stage businesses that can collaborate with SMGL artists. SMGL is an associated company of the Company.


The Company owns a 100% equity interest in Constellation Agency Pte. Ltd. ("Constellation Agency"). Constellation Agency, which owns The P Factory Co., Ltd. ("The P Factory") and Platform Media Group Co., Ltd. ("PMG"), is primarily involved in the business of overseas agency for Korean artists venturing into the overseas market. The P Factory is an innovative marketing solutions provider specializing in event and branded content production. PMG is a talent management agency which represents and manages the careers of major artists in film, television, commercial endorsements and branded entertainment.

Strategic Businesses

The Company owns a 100% equity interest in Frame Pictures Co., Ltd. ("Frame Pictures"). Frame Pictures is a leader in the movie/drama equipment leasing business in Korea. Established in 2014, Frame Pictures has worked with over 25 top directors and provided the camera and lighting equipment for some of Korea's most notable drama and movie projects including ITAEWON CLASS (2020), HOW TO BUY A FRIEND (2020), KIM JI-YOUNG, BORN 1982 (2019), FOUR MEN (2019) and ASADAL CHRONICLES (2019).

We also operate a café-lounge called Upper West, in the Gangnam district of Seoul and own a professional photography studio, noon pictures Co., Ltd.

For more details, do visit http://www.spackmanentertainmentgroup.com/

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