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FG to go after tobacco smokers in public places


The Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to tackle tobacco use by children in the country. 

The Minister of Youth and Development, Jamila Ibrahim, made this statement in Abuja on Friday when she received a courtesy visit from Ms Bintou Camara, Regional Director, Tobacco Control Programme Campaign for Tobacco–Free Kids.

Ibrahim said that tobacco smoking among children is a big challenge facing Nigeria and that the country needs to partner and collaborate with relevant stakeholders to educate Nigerians about the health implications of tobacco smoking among young people.

We will focus on adolescent health. It is the area where we need to be proactive in putting mechanisms in place to achieve a preventive approach to tobacco smoking among the kids.

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“We must work with the act that bans tobacco smoking in public places, especially to prevent secondhand smoke,” she said.