The Federal Government has appointed two popular musicians, Timi
Dakolo and Mr Eazi, as well as Saadatu Aliyu of the World Economic
Forum’s Abuja Global Shapers Hub as anti-tobacco ambassadors.
A statement by the Ministry of Health said their appointment was to leverage on their influence with young Nigerians.
The appointment was part of the announcement by the ministry of a
planned launch on June 15 in Abuja of a six months national tobacco
control communications campaign.
The campaign is a follow up to the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole’s announcement on zero tolerance to Tobacco in the country.
The Minister had during the World No Tobacco Day announced nine
regulations in the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act 2015 to be enforced by
the Federal Government.
The National Tobacco Control Act was signed into law in 2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to the ministry’s statement,
“The Tobacco-Free Nigeria’ campaign, aims to educate
Nigerians on the NTC Act 2015 and raise awareness on the dangers of
“The campaign will leverage on social media and offline interactions
to reach young Nigerians, especially second-hand smokers who need to be
aware of the ban of smoking in public places and protect themselves.”
The World Health Organisation estimates that tobacco use is currently
responsible for the death of about six million people annually across
the world with 80 per cent of these deaths occurring in low and
middle-income countries like Nigeria.
This includes about 600,000 people who are also estimated to die from the effects of second-hand smoke.