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Close the Tobacco Control Funding Gap, NTCA Tells Gov’t.

NTCA Press Briefing

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance has called on the government to take tobacco control more seriously in the country by ensuring adequate and sustainable funding for the full implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act, and its Regulations. This was contained in a speech by the Chairman of the Alliance, Mr. Akinbode Oluwafemi during a […]

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NTCA Urges Gov’t to Stop Tobacco Industry Interference, Enforce Graphic Health Warnings.

Graphic health warnings media briefing. November 2023

In a media briefing held on November 23, 2023 in Abuja, the Chairman of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance, Mr. Akinbode Oluwafemi decried the increase in tobacco industry interference across many sectors in Nigeria. The Chairman also made specific calls on the enforcement agencies tasked with the enforcement of Nigeria’s tobacco control laws to swing

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Ensure Sustainable Development Through Effective Tobacco Control Funding/Budgeting, NTCA Tells Govt – Full Text of Speech By Akinbode Oluwafemi

NTCA Press briefing

Gentlemen of the press, We welcome you to this briefing on the state of tobacco control funding in Nigeria. We are grateful to you, our media partners, for always heeding our call. As you know, our common objective is to bring Nigeria to a place of sound public health, because we understand that our economic,

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NTCA Trains Advocates on Tobacco Control Budget Advocacy

By Paul Ashibel In the face of dwindling budgetary allocation to tobacco control in the country, stakeholders on August 21, 2023, participated in a capacity building workshop on tobacco control budget advocacy hosted by the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance. The advocates have a common objective to drive up allocation to tobacco control in the national

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Peer to Peer: University of Abuja Tobacco-Free Club Holds Anti-Tobacco Rally on Campus

By Paul Ashibel Collaborating with the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance, members of the University of Abuja Tobacco-Free Club, held an anti-tobacco rally on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at the University of Abuja main campus. The students sensitized their peers on the health hazards associated with smoking, while stressing that shisha and vapes marketed by the

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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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A Chat With Hilda Ochefu

International Women's Day

Sub-Regional Coordinator for West Africa, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) To celebrate the 2023 International Women’s Day, we had an interesting chat with Hilda Ochefu, one of Nigeria’s frontline tobacco control advocates. Follow our conversation below. Q. What has your general experience in tobacco control been? “It’s been very interesting. Since my tobacco control journey

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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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