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Nigeria initiates anti-smoking campaign

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA is making the most of the rapid adoption of
social media to curb smoking.
The government plans will be made formal on Thursday in Abuja.
The Federal Ministry of Health is set to launch the six-month national
tobacco control communications campaign.
The launch follows the announcement by Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac
Adewole, of nine provisions of the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act 2015 to be enforced by the Federal Government.
The ‘Tobacco-Free Nigeria’ campaign aims to educate citizens on the NTC
Act 2015 and raise awareness on the dangers of tobacco smoke.
“The campaign will leverage on social media and offline interactions to
reach young Nigerians, especially second-hand smokers who need to be aware of the ban of smoking in public places and protect themselves,” the minister said.
The ministry has appointed music superstars, Timi Dakolo and Oluwatosin
Oluwole Ajibade, as wells young influential leader, Saadatu Hamu Aliyu, of the World Economic Forum’s Abuja Global Shapers Hub to leverage their influence with the young people of Nigeria.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that tobacco use is
currently responsible for the death of about 6 million people annually
across the world with 80 percent of these deaths occurring in low and
middle-income countries like Nigeria.
This includes about 600 000 people who are also estimated to die from the effects of second-hand smoke.
– CAJ News