A survey from Nigeria’s Global Tobacco Survey, GTS, has revealed that about 4.5 million Nigerians are currently using tobacco products, subjecting people to health hazards.
The Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Rafsanjani, revealed this yesterday in Abuja during a press briefing organised by CISLAC to address the modalities for the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015 into action.
Speaking on the number of Nigerians involved in smoking and use of tobacco products, the CISLAC boss, who was represented by Mr. Okeke Anya, said the statistics of people involved in smoking are exposed to grave dangers inherent in being either direct or second-hand smokers of tobacco.
He said Nigerians should be offered cleaner and safer smoke free environments and also urged people in their own interest to be on guard by paying attention to public health issues while playing active role in ensuring that the National Tobacco Control Act, NTCA, was effectively implemented.
According to World Health Organisation,WHO, statistics reveal that globally, over six million people die annually from tobacco consumption which remains the leading cause of preventable deaths in human population.
The statistics also reveal that progressively, by the year 2030, it would amount to over eight million deaths annually with 80% of these deaths occuring in developing countries.
In view of this reality, he said, ‘’ CISLAC uses this medium to call on the Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole, as a matter of priority, to constitute the National Tobacco Control committee which is vested with the responsibility of making regulations to govern the implementation of the Act as provided for amongst other responsibilities of the Committee.’’
He further called on government to go beyond signing the WHO framework on tobacco control to domesticating it in the National Tobacco Control Act.

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