WHO urges ac­tion on tobacco con­trol

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ojoma Akor

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.

Photo: Dan­gote

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

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