CSO wants tobacco bill passed into law
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has urged the National Assembly to expeditiously pass the National Tobacco Control Bill in view of the alarming and increasing health hazards associated with tobacco smoking in the country.
The Senior Programme Officer of CISLAC, Anya Okeke, said this during a visit to Daily Trust yesterday.
He noted that tobacco use remains a major cause of diseases and premature deaths especially among young people with associated health impacts constituting a financial burden on the elderly.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco usage causes over five million deaths annually with projected mortality rate of over 8 million per annum by the year 2030 if nothing is urgently done to address the trend especially in developing countries like Nigeria.
“It should be noted at the moment that there are currently no restrictions on the advertising and promotion of tobacco use in the country, our purpose of visit is not just to highlight the benefits Nigerians stand to benefit from having a legislation on tobacco that is in line with international best practices but also to forge a lasting collaboration with Daily Trust whom we have always identified as development partners,’’ Okeke said.
He said in the sixth assembly the bill had passed several stages of legislation but could not see the light of the day saying that “it needs to be pushed because of its tremendous benefit on the lives of the smokers and the non-smokers.”