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Health Ministry, Security Agencies Enforce Tobacco Control Law in Abuja

Health ministry, security agencies enforce tobacco control law

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in collaboration with The Nigeria Police Force and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and other partners led an enforcement campaign to major supermarkets and lounges within the Federal Capital City. Areas visited by Mr. S B Gadzama, Director, Operations and Enforcement in NDLEA, the Chairman of the taskforce committee

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Stakeholders Urge Federal Gov to Enforce Implementation of New Graphic Health Warnings on Cigarette Packs

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By Royal Ibeh The requirement to rigorously abide by and implement the National Tobacco Control Act of 2015 and its Regulations of 2019, both of which call for the placement of graphic health warnings on tobacco packages, has come to the attention of the federal government. The National Tobacco Control Act of 2015 and its

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World No Tobacco Day: CSOs to FG, Nigerians Need Food, Not Tobacco 

By Gabriel Ewepu and Favour Ulebor, Abuja.  As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark 2023 World No Tobacco Day, a Civil Society Organization, CSO, Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance, NTCA, Thursday, told the Federal Government that Nigerians need food and not tobacco. This was stated by the Chairman NTCA, Akinbode Oluwafemi, during a

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Keeping up with the Graphic Health Warnings (GHWs) policy – Why FG Must be Proactive

By Paul Ashibel The gazetting of the National Tobacco Control Regulations in December 2019 signaled the beginning of a change in the design of cigarette packs and other tobacco products in Nigeria. Prior to the current graphic health warnings regime, cigarette/tobacco packs carried a text warning that read: ‘The Federal Ministry of Health Warns that

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How Low Budgetary Allocation for Tobacco Control will Worsen Public Health Issues

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The 2023 Appropriation Act has witnessed an innovative budgetary allocation for tobacco control, with an allocation of 4.7 million Naira, out of the overall 21.83 trillion Naira budget, to enforce tobacco control in Nigeria. The allocation is the first after two years since the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015 was gazetted, which made provision for

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NTCA Secures SON Commitment on Effective Tobacco Control in Nigeria

A delegation from the NTCA led by the Chairman, Mr. Akinbode Oluwafemi, on Friday, 29 July, 2022, paid an advocacy visit to the Director General (DG) of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim, and his team, the Acting Deputy Standards, the Director Public  Relations, the Deputy Director Human Resources, and the Head

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NTCA Reads Riot Act to Big Brother Naija Over On-Screen Smoking

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has read the riot act to organisers of the popular reality television programme Big Brother Naija (BBN) against on-screen smoking by its participants. In 2021, the programme, hosted on the GOTV and DSTV platforms, sparked public outrage when its participants flagrantly smoked on live Televisio. NTCA Program officer, Chibuike

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Key takeaways from the launch of the Tobacco Atlas 7th edition

The 7th edition of the Tobacco Atlas launched on May 18, 2022 with three key takeaways: For the first time, global smoking prevalence has fallen, but with 1.3 billion global tobacco users, it remains a leading driver of premature death and disease and is a continuing development concern. Industry commitment to pushing cigarettes drives catastrophic

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