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Imo to regulate tobacco consumption

Imo State House of Assembly is to domesticate the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 to regulate the impact of tobacco product consumption on human health.

Chairman, House Committee on Health Mr Micheal Njoku, representing Ihitte-Uboma State Constituency who gave the indication at a workshop organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in Owerri, noted that nicotine which is found in tobacco was inimical to health and as such efforts must be geared towards controlling its use.

Mr. Njoku said the house would not only give accelerated passage to the bill when presented but will push for its accent by the executive.

CISLAC’s Programme Manager, Democratic Governance Mr Okeke Anya said the forum was organised to sensitise stakeholders in the control of tobacco on the harmful effects of the product on both humans and the environment and advocated increased taxation on tobacco products like cigarettes and ‘shisha’ as well as the adoption of the National Tobacco Control Act by states to support the campaign.

Some participants called for aggressive campaigns on the dangers of smoking especially in public places to reduce the chances of inhaling smoke by those who do not smoke.

Chinazo Ilechukwu

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