Federal Government to ban use of tobacco in Nigeria

Federal Government has announced that it has concluded plans to ban the use of tobacco in Nigeria following the high mortality rate of tobacco users in the country.

The Minister of State for Health, Doctor Osagie Ehanire, who made the disclosure while addressing the 8th Session of the Convention on Tobacco Control in Geneva, Switzerland, said the federal government had begun mass awareness campaigns on the provisions of the National Tobacco Control Act 2015, to create the enabling environment for enforcement of the ban.

According to him, the decision was part of the implementation of the Tobacco Control Act of 2015 which is the national law domesticating the World Health Organization Framework on Tobaco Control.

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