The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has called on law enforcement agencies to enforce the Tobacco Control Act to save Nigerians.

Chairman of the National Tobacco Control Board, Akinbode Oluwafemi, made the call on Thursday at a press conference themed: “Stop interfering with the tobacco industry and implement graphic health warnings now.”

The Chairperson, who was represented by NTCA Program Manager Nwokolie Chibuike, said projections confirmed that graphic health warnings on cigarette packs were successful in reducing tobacco use and saving lives. He said that

“We call on all agencies responsible for enforcing tobacco control laws to begin enforcing graphic health warning policies on all tobacco products without delay to save Nigerians.

“We would like to strongly remind these government agencies that the mandates they hold are based on public trust and must be used for the health benefit of all Nigerians. .

“Another significant obstacle to tobacco control in Nigeria is the interference of the tobacco industry in the policy-making process,” Oluwafemi said.

Source: dailypost.ng

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