‘600,000 die from second-hand tobacco smoke’

By Titilope Fadare

OrderPaperToday – In a recent campaign against tobacco, the Federal Ministry of Health has launched a publicity campaign which says that about 10% of the 6 million annual tobacco-related deaths are those of people who do not directly smoke a cigarette or use tobacco.

The campaigns include video advertising targeting second hand smokers.

The first video shows people moving on as others smoke in prohibited public places and it ended with a poignant message “Tobacco Kills. Pay Attention! Don’t trivialize second-hand smoke.”

The second video also revealed how tobacco exposes individuals to harmful diseases such as lung cancer over time which kills but only a matter of time.

 The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole in a remark during the launching of the #TobaccoFreeNigeria campaign said “tell those people who are smoking it is dangerous. Tell the next person that is smoking in the vehicle or other public place that it is illegal.”

He revealed the data from Nigeria’s 2012 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) showed that 4.5 million adults in Nigeria (5.6%) currently use tobacco products out of which 4.1 million are men and almost 0.5 million women.

In addition, 6.4 million adults (29.3%) are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke when visiting restaurants, hotels and other public places.

The videos can be viewed on the links below:

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