Over 30,000 Nigerians die of tobacco-related diseases every year, the World Health Organisation says.
Daily Trust reports that Walter Mulombo, Country Representative said this yesterday in Abuja during the takeoff of the Nigeria Tobacco Control Data Initiative Dashboard by Development Gateway, an IREX venture.
WikkiTimes gathered that the initiative is in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, as part of activities to commemorate this 2022’s World No Tobacco Day.
According to him, the number outdid that of deaths from COVID-19 which had killed 3,144 in Nigeria at present. Mulombo described tobacco as a slow ticking bomb.
Furthermore, the Minister of State for Health, Adeleke Mamora, prompted Nigerians to avert tobacco and exposure to second-hand smoke. He added that since June 1, the government had launched the execution of a new three-year tobacco tax regime which would end in two years time.