As the world recently celebrated the 2014 World No Tobacco Day 2014,
TobaccoCtrl has called on Nigerian lawmakers to pass the comprehensive National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) into law.
During the campaign in Lagos, the group took to the streets of Ajegunle to sensitise residents, especially youths and children, on the need to live and advocate for a smoke-free environment. TobaccoCtrl also had a weeklong quiz competition across its social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.
Tobacco Control Nigeria (Tobaccoctrl) is a policy change and public health campaign project using Social Media to advance tobacco control and support the passage of a comprehensive Tobacco Control (TC) law compliant with the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
The campaign is to raise awareness of the various health risks of smoking and second hand smoke, as well as the toll of tobacco se on the Nigerian population. It also aims to encourage online and mobile followers to express their wish for a healthy environment enabled by effective TC policies for themselves, their families, and their communities.
The Project Manager of TobaccoCtrl, Olamide Egbayelo, said, "Every year, 600,000 people die of tobacco smoking directly or indirectly, that is why we are making this call to the public to support this campaign for tobacco control.” He noted further that, “Tobacco Control Nigeria is a public health and policy change campaign project using social media to advance tobacco control and support the passage of a comprehensive Tobacco Control (TC) law compliant with the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).”
World No Tobacco Day is celebrated on the 31st of May every year to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The theme for this year’s World No Tobacco day is “Raise tobacco tax, lower death and disease”.