Nigeria - can women help get the National Tobacco Control Bill passed??

February 27, 2011 - While Nigeria was among the very few nations that signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2004 with ratification in 2005, the nation is still foot-dragging total domestication of the treaty. (Nigeria - National Tobacco Control Bill - when will the bill be passed??)

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria(ERA/FoEN) has mobilized women to participate in the current agitation for effective tobacco control legislation in Nigeria.

It is not just safe to say you are not a smoker. If you stay around a smoker, you will fall victim of the health consequences of his habit, such as the many cancers associated with smoking. Women either as wives of smokers or bartenders need to be really armed with this information to safeguard their health,’ Abah added that women as home builders and compassionate people are also being mobilized to help pressure the government to implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as contained in the bill.

The comprehensive tobacco control bill will ensure 100 percent smoke-free in public places, ban all forms of tobacco advertisement and promotion, ban underage smoking, ensure pictorial warnings on cigarette packs among others.

The event was sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Reference: ERA rallies women for tobacco legislation, Our Reporter,, 2/27.2011.

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