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NTCA says that tobacco use kills 28,000 people in Nigeria every year

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Nigeria The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) says that about 28,000 people die in Nigeria every year because they use tobacco. They also say that the number of people who follow the rules for Shisha and snuff, which also contain tobacco, is at an all-time low.

At a press conference in Abuja on November 8, NTCA Chairman Akinbode Oluwafemi said that a recent survey showed that the level of compliance with cigarette packs was going up, but that the level of compliance with snuff and shisha was going down.
28,000 people die each year because of smoking – NTCA

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“As an Alliance, we have kept working to build on the progress that has already been made on the policy. So, as recently as October 2022, we asked for a survey to find out how well all tobacco products in the country are following the policy. The survey was done in Ekiti, Adamawa, Cross River, Abia, Abuja, and Kano.”

“When the results of this survey were compared to those of a similar survey we did in 2021, it was clear that the level of compliance on cigarette packs had gone up significantly, with an estimated 90% compliance.”

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“However, it is very upsetting to learn that other tobacco products, like snuff and shisha, which are very popular among young people, don’t have pictures of health risks and still have the old text warnings. We think that less than 10% of this group of tobacco products follow the rules,” he said.

“We are calling on the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Ministries of Health and Environment, the National Security and Civil Defense Corps, and all other agencies responsible for monitoring and enforcing the National Tobacco Control Act to wake up and do their jobs.

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“Enforcement agencies must keep a close eye on all tobacco products, not just cigarette packs, and make sure the policy is followed.”

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“Also, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and Lagos cannot continue to be the main places where policies are carried out. A good policy is good for more than just cities. To make sure that the graphic health warnings policy is followed, it needs to be enforced in the rural parts of Nigeria. We’re aware that it’s possible for products that don’t meet the rules to be moved far inland, where enforcement is weak or nonexistent.

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