7th October, 2010
A non-government organisation, NGO,Â based in Ogba, Lagos State, Environmental RightsÂ Action, has called on the National Assembly to pass the National Tobacco Control BillÂ into law without further delay.
Addressing a press conference to mark the 10th International Week of Resistance AgainstÂ Tobacco in Lagos on Monday, the NGOâ€™s director of corporate accountability compaigns, Mr.Â Akinbode Oluwafemi accused a particular tobacco firm which controls about 80 per cent ofÂ the market of continued threat and misleading the yoouth into consumption of tobacco.
Akinbode claiemd that the tobacco company arranged secret smoking parties in differentÂ parts of Nigeria especially in Ajegunle and Victoria Island in Lagos State. He said theÂ company was planning more tobacco smoking parties during the Yuletide from November thisÂ year.
Akinbode said the tobacco companies have been lobbying political office holders withÂ partnership on public health issues, pretending to help farmers, retailers in order toÂ frustrate the passage of the law on tobacco control.
â€œIt is important that while youth smoking continues to be on the increase, tobaccoÂ companies continues to addict our youth they organise all over the country yet theÂ tobacco control bill is presently lying idle before the NASS,â€ Akinbode regretted. HeÂ urged members of the NASS to be wary of the tobacco companies before they kill more ofÂ our youth through uncontrolled consumption of tobacco.