The government should protect its citizens from the harmful effects of Tobacco
Published May 30, 2022
According to the global tobacco epidemic, 2019 report of the World Health Organisation, the intake of tobacco through smoking is a leading cause of preventable deaths and morbidity, linked to high burden of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ischemic heart diseases, and stroke. It accounts for more than 7 million deaths annually with about 10% of these resulting from second-hand smoke.
Centre for the Study of Economies of Africa (CSEA) reported in a research conducted that 28,876 deaths related to tobacco smoking are recorded annually in Nigeria. There is a need to mitigate the intake of tobacco in Nigeria. One of the ways the government can reduce this high consumption of tobacco is through tobacco restrictions as well as an increase in the price of tobacco through higher taxes on cigarette importation.