By Kenneth Ehigiator
A Non-governmental Organisation, Kidcare Consults, has embarked on aggressive enlightenment campaign against the debilitating effects of smoking, especially in youths. The campaign is executed partly by convening of workshops where young children are exposed to the dangers of smoking.
National Co-ordinator of the group, Mrs. Abimbola Kolade, who disclosed this in Lagos at a function organised to mark this yearâ€™s â€œWorld No Tobacco Dayâ€, said the exercise was the organisationâ€™s contribution to global efforts against tobacco smoking.
â€œIn solidarity with efforts and activities being organised by stakeholders all over the world, young children and KidCare Consults are creating awareness on smoking tobacco; public awareness programmes are being targeted at youth in schools and the community the organisation exists and these programmes are expected to be extended to other states.
â€œApart from organising enlightenment programmes for the young ones, KidCare Consults also employs other communication strategies to create awareness on the serious health consequences of tobacco use and other dangerous drugs.â€
Kolade, who described tobacco as a drug with over 4000 chemicals that are very dangerous to health, said ailments, such as strokes, cancer of the mouth and lungs could be averted, if a stop is put to smoking.
â€œA stick of cigarette cuts off 5.5 minutes of oneâ€™s life.Â At the end of each workshop, the organisation administers quizzes to determine the level of understanding and excellent performers are given prize awards,â€ she added.
She said the organisation had had to rely on the use of drama, composition of drug abuse songs as well as poems to drive its messages against tobacco home, adding that the campaign would be taken to all schools in Lagos State.
According to her, successful of the Lagos area will culminate in the spread of the campaign to all other states of the Federation.
Kolade said, aside from campaign against tobacco smoking, the organisation had since 2005 launched a similar fight against drug abuse, HIV&AIDS and Malaria, all of which have, according to her, impacted positively on humanity.