Gazette National Tobacco Control Regulations Act without delay, FG told



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Gazette National Tobacco Control Regulations Act without delay, FG told

Omolara Akintoye



 

Environmental Rights Action (ERA) has asked the federal government to gazette the National Tobacco Control Regulations 2019 without further delay to commence its implementation.



The group expressed worry that over six months after the regulations were approved by the Eight National Assembly before their tenure elapsed in June, the NTC Act was yet to be on gazette record, which is worrisome.

Speaking at a press conference held in Lagos recently, “Gazette the National Tobacco Control Regulations 2019 Now” Deputy Executive Director, ERA/FoEN, Akinbode Oluwafemi, raised the alarm that the delay in the gazette of the NTC Regulations 2019 is being exploited by the tobacco multinationals to entrench their stronghold on the Nigerian market, while Nigerians are dying instalmentally from tobacco-induced sickness.

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Some of the provisions of the Act includes among others: that all forms of tobacco products shall carry health warnings; 50 percent Graphic Health Warnings (GHW) on all tobacco products, to be automatically increased to 60 percent in four years; increased smoke-free areas, mandatory and uniform notices, etc.

“As the yuletide sets in, we expect a further escalation of tobacco industry activities to market their deadly ware. Unfortunately, the target will again be our innocent youths that they want to conscript into smoking and hook for life as a replacement for an already dying generation of current smokers” Oluwafemi cautioned.

Also speaking, Philip Jakpor, Head, Media & Campaigns, ERA, said although the government said they were working on the process of gazette, it was too slow and unacceptable. He noted that tobacco multinationals were already fraternising with farmers and government officials, which should not be. Recall that the NTC Act was passed in May.

 

Gazette National Tobacco Control Regulations Act without delay, FG told

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