Nigeria: Minister Of Health Call For The Full Implementation Of The National Tobacco Act
July 31, 2017
The minister of health, Isaac Adewole has called for the full implementation of the national tobacco act as part of efforts to reduce the rising prevalence of tobacco related diseases.
At a sensitization workshop for members of law enforcement agencies in Abuja on Monday, the minister said the active involvement of law enforcement agents is crucial to winning the war against tobacco.
Tobacco smoking is the major risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic obstruction airways disease.
The world health organisation estimates in its 2014 report, that there are about one billion smokers worldwide accounting for 7 million deaths.
To stem this menace, the ministry of health is sensitizing law enforcement agents to ensure the implementation of the national tobacco act across the country.
The ministry of health also wants the media to be advocates of public health by promoting the national tobacco control act.