Tobaccoctrl & SRM call on Health Minister to fasttrack passage of tobacco control bill

by Oke Efagene

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More than 600,000 who die annually from tobacco related diseases are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. The world’s leading preventable cause of death claiming the lives of 6 million people each is tobacco use which is a slow, but more often than not, sure killer.

Several efforts have been made since 2012 in this current administration particularly by the President to get a Tobacco Control bill passed. Most significant is the setup of a three-man ministerial team led by the Hon. Minister of Health and charged with the task of drafting an executive bill.

However, despite public utterances in May & July 2013 both by the President and the Hon. Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu assuring on the importance of making Nigeria smoke-free and reducing the smoking prevalence in the country, there is still no law to this effect.

Tobacco Control Nigeria is a policy change and public health campaign project using Social Media to advance tobacco control and support the passage of a comprehensive domestic Tobacco Control (TC) law compliant with the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), to which Nigeria is a signatory. As part of the project, we have launched an online petition to encourage the Honourable Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu in his commitment and quest to pass the comprehensive Tobacco Control for Legislature in Nigeria. The petition can be signed on

http://tobaccoctrl.ng/petition-to-the-health-minister/

The TobaccoCtrl petition is in conjunction with Social Responsibility Manager

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For more information about this campaign project, please visit:

Website: http://tobaccoctrl.ng/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TobaccoCtrl

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TobaccoCtrl

Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/+TobaccoctrlNg

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