Group commended President Jonathan for signing the National Tobacco Control Bill

Auwal Rafsanjani, CISLAC

Executive Director of The National Tobacco Control Bill

Coalition has commended

President Goodluck Jonathan on behalf of the group ( comprising the

Civil Society

Legislative Advocacy Centre,

Environmental Rights Action/

Friends of the Earth Nigeria, and

the Nigeria Tobacco Control

Coalition) for

signing the National Tobacco

Control Bill, labelling it an

extraordinary public health

legacy.



"We salute the courage of

President Jonathan in signing

this bill into law, ignoring

overtures by the tobacco

industry to frustrate every effort

to enact a comprehensive

tobacco control legislation in

Nigeria," he said.



Meanwhile, Akinbode Oluwafemi, Director

Corporate Accountability

Campaigns, noted that more

work needs to be done in

ensuring that every Nigerian is

protected from the harmful

effects of tobacco.



"This bill is however providing

Nigeria the necessary framework

for action both at the local, state

and national levels," Mr.

Oluwafemi said.

"Tobacco is major public health

challenge and it is a welcome

relief that Nigeria has finally join

the league of nations that have

taken proactive steps to protect

their citizens."



Also, Gbenga Adejuwon, Project

Manager, NTCA, urged

government to immediately

provide mechanisms that will ensure smooth

implementation of the

Tobacco

Control Law which include ban of

smoking in public places, ban of sale of

cigarette in single sticks, ban of

sale of tobacco products to

minors, ban of

tobacco advertising sponsorship

and promotion, mandatory warning

messages on cigarette packs

among others.



"We want to thank Mr. President

for signing the bill into law," Mr.

Adejuwon said.

"The immediate action should be

on implementation. We want to

see the Ministry of Health rising

up to the occasion by leading all

stakeholders for effective

implementation of the law.

"The National Tobacco Control

Law is aimed at regulating the

production, sale, marketing and

consumption of tobacco

products in Nigeria."

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