The rate of deaths arising from the use of tobacco has attracted the attention of a non-governmental organization, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) to warn the populace of the indiscriminate uses of the deadly product.
The organization said that about eight million risk dying of tobacco smoking by 2013! They, therefore called on the media to act on it as a matter of urgency and national importance to create enough awareness on the use of tobacco smoking.
The NGO also stated that most Nigerians are not aware of the impact that the use of tobacco is having on them. Adding that very few of the populace know about the existence of the Act meant to control the usage.
Also at a one day workshop for the media towards supporting effective control of the use of tobacco in Nigeria with support from African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in FCT Abuja, the senior programme Officer, CISLAC, Mr. Okeke Anya, advised the media to be up and doing in creating enough awareness for the Act.
We also need to recall that the former president of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan gave consent to the Act in My 26, 2015 in support of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC). Okeke confirmed that about 178 countries had given their consent by signing the Act into law with others making preparations to follow suit. Anya said that it is too bad and highly disturbing that close to six million deaths are recorded annually as the results of tobacco smoking.
He went further to state that if those who are addicted to cigarette smoking were to be fully educated on the bad sides effect and the impacts it’s having on them, they would be able to see enough reasons why quitting the habit is the best thing they could do for themselves and others that are prone to inhaling the smokes coming out from their mouths and nostrils.