The Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to tackle tobacco use by children in Nigeria.
Dr. Jamila Ibrahim, Minister of Youth and Social made the commitment in Abuja on Friday when Ms Bintou Camara, Regional Director, Tobacco Control Programme (AFRO) Campaign for Tobacco–Free Kids paid her a courtesy visit.
Ibrahim said that tobacco smoking among children was a big challenge facing the country.
The minister added that Nigeria needs to partner and collaborate with relevant stakeholders to educate Nigerians to understand the health implications of tobacco smoking among young people.
“We will focus on adolescent health. It is the area we need to be proactive in putting mechanisms in place to achieve a preventive approach tobacco smoking among the kids.
“We must work with the act that bans tobacco smoking in public places especially to prevent second-hand smoke,” she said.