The Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance NTCA and the Nigerian public health, Environmental Tobacco Control, Economic and Social Justice non governmental organization has called on the Federal Government to enforce the National Tobacco Control Act 2015.
Concerned about the rising smoking rate and consequential health and economic impact in the country, the Program Manager, Oluwaseun Esan addressing journalist at a campaign to stop increase rising of smoke in the country today in Abuja, said “we are concerned about the rising rate continues to dip in other continents.
According to the World Health Organization WHO reports in the country, ” Tobacco use accounts for an estimated 16,100 death every year with more than 3.5 million Nigerians ( 15 years and older) and more than 25,000 children ( 10 – 14 years ) using tobacco daily”.
Mr Oluwaseun added that , they are aware of the current session of the National Assembly will end on June 6 thereby necessitating that the National Assembly needs to approve the draft Regulations within the week
” We would like to point out that the tobacco industry will embark on both overt and covert activities targeted at derailing the passage of this very important Public Health Regulation and further remind members of the National Assembly that Nigeria as signatory to the FCTC is bound by the convention’s Article 5.3 to place public health and tobacco control above the commercial interest of the tobacc companies and their allies.