Regulating Drug Use: Nigeria To Enforce Measures Against Tobacco

Nigeria has become the thirty-fifth country in the World to ratify the global protocol for the control of tobacco in a bid to minimize the adverse effects of the recreational herb on its population.

Minister of Health Isaac Adewole revealed this to newsmen at state House Abuja after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting. Professor Adewole explained that the ratification of the protocol was a further step to the World Health Organisation framework convention on Tobacco control which was signed in two thousand and four.

Hot on the heels on the ban of over the counter drugs like Codeine and Tramadol, the Health Ministry seems to have woken up to its duty of protecting citizens from the effects of abusing addictive substances.

Joining an international alliance against tobacco by ratifying a WHO framework convention which was signed in 2004 is the next step.

Many youths in Nigeria have developed smoking habit despite that the manufacturers have warned that smokers are liable to die young.

Beyond this, there is the proliferation of hard drugs in many parts of the country, which the ministry of health and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control are battling with.

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