by Oge Okonkwo
Tobacco Control Nigeria is a public health and policy change campaign project using Social Media to advance tobacco control and support the passage of a comprehensive Tobacco Control (TC) law compliant with the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Nigeria. This advocacy started on May 31, 2013 which was the World No Tobacco Day.
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is celebrated every year to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Without comprehensive tobacco prevention and control policies, it is estimated that smoking prevalence in the African region will increase by nearly 39 percent by 2030.
In Nigeria, advocates are currently pushing for passage of a comprehensive tobacco control bill to help save lives from the deadly products.
In celebration of WNTD, TobaccoCtrl will have a daily competition across its social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus) with daily airtime giveaways to winners every day from Monday May 26 to Saturday May 31, 2014. Follow us to learn more about our giveaway.
Tobacco Control Nigeria continues to call on members of the National Assembly to speedily pass a strong National Tobacco Control Bill into law, as this will save the lives of millions of Nigerians and generations unborn from the harmful social and economic effects of tobacco use.
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