February 9, 2018

ERA, NTCRG hail Senator Tinubu on motion banning tobacco around schools

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By Oboh Agbonkhese
major tobacco control groups, Nigeria Tobacco Control Research Group, NTCRG, and Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, have commended the Senate for passing a resolution seeking total ban of the sale of tobacco products around schools.

The resolution, which was adopted on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, urged the ministries of Health, Education and Information to harmonise efforts at banning the advertisement and sales of tobacco within 100 metres of all schools in the country.

In a statement by Mr. Philip Jakpor, ERA/FoEN’s Head of Campaigns, NTCRG and ERA also hailed Senator Oluremi Tinubu, who sponsored the resolution, saying she had “demonstrated uncommon courage at this point that tobacco addiction is becoming an endemic problem among the youths.”