WHO urges action on tobacco control
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on Nigeria and other member states to implement measures that will strengthen tobacco control as contained in its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti made the call yesterday in a statement to mark this year’s No Tobacco Day.
She said effective measures to reduce tobacco demand include increasing tobacco taxes and prices, which would save lives as well as generate money for governments.
Other steps, she enumerated included, creating completely smoke-free indoor workplaces and public places, instituting hard-hitting warnings and graphic pictures about the dangers of smoking on cigarette packaging, and banning tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship.
She said, “In addition, every person can play a role in promoting healthy hearts by committing not to use tobacco, helping others to quit, and protecting all people, including family members, workers and children, from tobacco smoke.”
Eliminating tobacco use will help to protect hearts from breaking, let us choose health, not tobacco, she added.
From left: Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Chairman of Aliko Dangote Foundation, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; and Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris at the formal handover ceremony of 150 fully kitted operational cars to the Nigeria Police in Abuja yesterday