Stringent tax regime and the unwanted fatalities from tobacco use
By Abubakar Jimoh and Austin Erameh
The dreaded but preventable impacts of tobacco use like diseases and premature deaths in Nigeria with various studies showing potential opportunities for the country, if redirected focus on preventive rather than curative measures to mitigate effects of tobacco led to the intensive advocacy by Civil Society group for comprehensive National Tobacco Control Act to domesticates the World Health Organization’s Framework on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC).
Reports by WHO have shown that tobacco use costs national economies immensely through increased health-care cost and decrease productivity. It worsens health inequalities and increase poverty as the poorest people spend less on essentials such as food, education and health care.
While stringent measures like increasing taxes and levies on tobacco products have proven to reduce consumption and generates revenue which can be used to finance universal health coverage and other developmental health […]