Tobacco Control Updates

Supporting Effective Tobacco Control in Nigeria

Tobacco use: A major contributory factor to cancers, other diseases – Anya

By Austin Erameh

There are indications that tobacco consumption could be a major contributory factor to cancer, cardiovascular ailments and other diseases.

These hints were given by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, while presenting the priorities and challenges for advancing the WHO FCTC in Nigeria’s Public Health Systems at the recently concluded 17th World Conference on ‘Tobacco Or Health’ held in Cape Town, South Africa.

He said a recent study conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), a coordinating ministry for the implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015, to ascertain the implementation progress of the Act across eight selected Public Health Institutions in the Federal Capital Territory, reveals that no fewer than 75% of the respondents had come in contact with a patient whom had been diagnosed with cancer, cardiovascular ailment and other related diseases with 71% of them linking tobacco consumption to cancer, cardiovascular ailments […]

Tobacco Use: Stakeholders Lament Growing Burdens on Public Resources

  By Austin Erameh

The Cross Rivers State Ministry of Environment has said the associated risks to tobacco use remained endemic increasing burdens on public resources.

This disclosure was made by Mr. Samuel Njar representing the Ministry at the recently concluded ‘Expanded Workshop for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in South-South Nigeria’ organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC)  under the aegis of African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in Calabar, Cross Rivers state.

Speaking from environmental perspective at the Workshop, Mr. Njar identified tobacco as a major challenge to public resources, noting that a considerable amount of resources is currently being spent by the Ministry in addressing environmental challenges of which tobacco is a priority.

Also, the State Ministry of Health, represented Dr. Mrs Virginia O. Inah, added that the health risks associated with tobacco use makes it a major concern for the Ministry and Cross Rivers State Government.

Dr. Inah acknowledged […]

Reps laud CISLAC on amendment to Tobacco Control Act

By Austin Erameh

The Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture and Production, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno has commended Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) on its on-going effort in ensuring effective and comprehensive implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 through a proposed amendment Bill to specific provisions of the Act.

Hon. Monguno made this commendation while receiving a civil society delegation working on tobacco control under the aegis of African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager, Democratic Governance, CISLAC, at his office in National Assembly Complex, Abuja.

He, however, scheduled another meeting to ensure full participation by Members of the Committee for exhaustive deliberations on the way forward to fast-track the passage of the amendment Bill.

“This is a very important visit that demands full participation by all Members of the Committee. We will schedule another meeting with Members to discuss the way forward on passage of the amendment Bill. […]

Tobacco Control: Controlling the flavour appeal monster

The devastating health, social, economic and environmental effects of tobacco consumption—in whatever form and exposure to tobacco use remain a burden to the nation’s productivity and development. In this piece, GLORIA CHINYERE OKWU examines the dreaded impacts of tobacco use and exposure, giving cognisance to the emerging but growing use of ‘Shisha’ in Nigeria.

Despite tobacco control policies, which aim to nip tobacco consumption and its attendant consequences in the bud, tobacco industries have continued to emerge with new strategies to recruit “new” smokers. The latest and most patent tool in their offing is the flavour appeal, which has sashayed almost unnoticed into the Nigerian market through the shisha cafes and bars.

Shisha also known Hookah, Argileh or Goza originated centuries ago in ancient Persia and India. It is prepared in a glass bottomed water pipe in which flavoured tobacco is covered with foil and roasted with charcoal. The smoke, which […]

Communique Issued at a Two-Day Workshop of the Technical Working Group on Tobacco Control in Nigeria

COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF A TWO DAY WORKSHOP OF THE TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP ON TOBACCO IN NIGERIA ORGANIZED BY THE FEDERAL OF HEALTH, IN COLLABORATION WITH CIVIL SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY CENTRE (CISLAC) WITH SUPPORT FROM THE AFRICAN CAPACITY BUILDING FOUNDATION (ACBF) AND FONDATION POURLE RENFORCEEMENT DESCAPACITIES EN AFRIQUE ON 23RD – 24TH NOVEMBER 2017, NASARAWA STATE, NIGERIA

A workshop of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Tobacco Taxation in Nigeria was held at the Sawalino Hotel and Suites, Keffi, Nasarawa State from the 23rd – 24th of November 2017. The workshop was organized by the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), with support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF).
The workshop had policy makers and tobacco taxation experts drawn from the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Federal Ministry of Finance, Federal Ministry of budget and Planning, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and […]

Stringent tax regime and the unwanted fatalities from tobacco use

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 […]