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World Tobacco Day: NGO urges Government to Shutdown companies

By Hassana Yakubu

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The Eye Opener Women and Youth Foundation, a health –based Non-Governmental-Organisation, (NGO) organised a rally round the market areas meeting with bus drivers and Tobacco sellers as part of their activities marking the 2022 World Tobacco Day.

Mrs Margret Julius, the founder of the NGO made this disclosure during the rally on Tuesday, in Kaduna.

She said that the aim of going round the market places, was to enlighten the sellers on why they should stop the selling and consumption of Tobacco.

Julius also said that the NGO aimed to buy- off all the Tobacco products from the market, by paying double to the traders if they are willing to stop the selling of the product.

She called on government to shut down all tobacco companies, because its consumption was dangerous to human beings.

She said that tobacco consumption was dangerous to the health of smokers and therefore government should ban its production and selling.

She further called for regulations of Tobacco usage in all organisations.

Thomas Francis, a school dropout from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and now a bus conductor, told the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) that it was his frustration as a school drop-out, that made him engage in tobacco intake and his subsequent addiction to it.

He said taking tobacco calms his nerves, makes him forget all his worries and problems.

He appealed to the government to provide jobs for him and the hundreds of jobless youths flocking around the city adding that this would prevent many youths from tobacco smoking and addiction.

According to him, most youths who engaged in taking drug substances do so due to lack of what to do, stressing that an idle mind is a devil’s workshop.

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Also, a tobacco trader, Usman Lawal, said he could only stop selling tobacco if the companies were shut-down, because the business fetches him more money and customers.

Speaking in the same vein, Abubakar Usman, a tobacco addict, has called on the government to stop the production of tobacco and provide job opportunities for the teaming unemployed youths.

He said that this would make him take his mind away from intakes.

“When Government stops production and those consuming it don’t see it in circulation, and those selling are not making sales, definitely those companies would be forced to shut- down”.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that, the 2022 World Tobacco day is celebrated on every 31st Day of May, globally.

The theme of this year’s celebration is: ” Protect The Environment ”

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