The Federal Government has stated the need to ensure strict regulation of tobacco industry in accordance with the country’s legislation and global best practices.
The Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Ali Pate, disclosed this in Lagos at the formal lunch of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission tobacco control advocacy campaign, tagged ‘Don’t burn their future’.
Pate who was represented at the event by the Chairman of the Tobacco Control Unit, Federal Ministry of Health, Malau Toma, noted that for every 1dollar a country gains from tobacco, 3 dollars more was expended on healthcare costs as a result of its ill effects.
The minister explained that tobacco harms national economies, sustainable development and environment as well as re-enforces, recycles and perpetuates poverty, “through several generations, especially among low-income earners who invest their monies to service their tobacco addiction”.
By Opeoluwa Michael Ayobami