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Friday, 2 June 2017

That Ciggar you take Kills 7million people Yearly - WHO reports


World wide report released on Wednesday, 31st May, 2017, by World Health Organization(WHO), states that smoking kills 7 million people yearly leading to a yearly loss of $1.4 trillion in health-care expenses and lost productivity and also to high level deforestation which leads to unfavorable climate change.



According to Dr. Armando Peruga, who previously coordinated the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative and now works as a consultant, tobacco does not only cause cancer to the body alone but to the earth.

"...takes away a lot of nutrients from the soil and requires massive amounts of fertilizer, a process that leads to degradation of the land and desertification, with negative consequences for biodiversity and wildlife," - Peruga."

Smokers are really liable to die young as this report proves that 300 cigarettes = one tree, which is a whole lot of firewood, which could be used for other important things.
"About 11.4 million metric tonnes of wood are utilized annually for curing: the drying of the tobacco leaf, which is achieved through various methods, including wood fires. That's the equivalent of one tree for every 300 cigarettes, or 1.5 cartons."
The report also have it that, in 2012, 967 million daily smokers consumed approximately 6.25 trillion cigarettes worldwide, the WHO estimates.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, Acting Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo has set out to implement 9 new laws on SMOKING.

This he did to support the fight as the world marks "2017 World No Tobacco Day."

The announcement was made through the Nigerian minister for health, Isaac Adewale, under the Nigeria Tobacco Control Act.

The Act which was signed earlier into law in 2015 by former President, Goodluck Jonathan aims at reducing Tobacco use in the country.


Below are the regulations listed by the minister to be implemented:


RULES OF TOBACCO SALES AND DISTRIBUTION IN NIGERIA 2017

1. Prohibition of the sale of tobacco products to and by anyone below age 18.

2. Ban of sale of cigarettes in single sticks; cigarettes must be sold in packs of 20 sticks only.

3. Smokeless tobacco shall be sold in a minimum of a pack of 30 grammes.

4. Ban of sale or offer for sale or distribution of tobacco or tobacco products through mail, internet, or other online devices.

5. Prohibition of interference of tobacco industry in public health and related issues.

6. Prohibition of smoking in anywhere on the premises of a child care facility, educational facility, and healthcare facility.

Other places where smoking is prohibited include: playgrounds, amusement parks, plazas, public parks, stadia, public transport, restaurants’ bar, and other public gathering spaces.

7. Prosecution of owner or manager of any of the places listed above who permits, encourages or fails to stop smoking in the above listed places.

8. Prohibition of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship of any kind.

9. Compliance with specified standards for content.


These laws will ultimately facilitate access to more affordable credit for Nigerians. The bills which have now become ‘Acts’ are the Secured Transactions in Movable Assets Act, 2017 (otherwise known as Collateral Registry Act) and the Credit Reporting Act, 2017.

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