C/River Sets Pace To Regulate Tobacco Consumption
March 15, 2020By RICHARD NDOMA
A not for profit organisation operating under the aegis of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), says it wants to review/outright repeal of extant laws on tobacco consumption in Cross River State.
The NGO stated that the bill regulating tobacco consumption in Cross River was passed into law about two decades ago, “therefore, the need for a review for the law to meet the test of time”.
This position was canvassed by CISLAC at the weekend in Calabar a meeting tagged; “Cross River State Meeting on Tobacco Taxation Issues” organized by the NGO.
“The previous meeting harvested recommendations that are geared towards cultivating Cross River State approach and support to measures capable of improving public health and cushioning the effect of tobacco consumption to citizens in the state and country at large through price and tax measures.
In line with this, CISLAC supported efforts in drafting a bill for the Regulation of Smoking in public places in Cross River State and for connected matters”, Executive Director, CISLAC Auwal Ibrahim Musa stated in a statement.
In his remarks, Clerk of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Barr. Bassey Ekpenyong affirmed that the laws regulating tobacco consumption already exist in Cross River but that the implementation is the issue.
Earlier in a welcome address, Adesina Oke said “this advocacy will regulate consumption to the barest minimum.
“A reduction in tobacco consumption will equally reduce tobacco related illnesses such as cancer. A person with ailments becomes a liability to the family and society at large”, Oke concluded.