FCCPC sensitises tobacco traders on graphic content policy in Kano

FCCPC sensitises traders on graphic content policy in Kano

 

Officials of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC, say they are drawing up more strategies to control the use of tobacco products in the country.

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One of the steps is to make its traders aware of the rules about putting health warnings on tobacco products.

The need to control the use of tobacco products is important to every nation.

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Nigeria is not an exception, as more than 28 million people die annually from tobacco use.

The Federal Government sees tobacco use as a leading cause of preventable deaths in the country.

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It has also passed laws such as the National Tobacco Control Act in 2015 and the National Tobacco Regulations in 2019.

These laws require that tobacco products imported, made, or sold in Nigeria have a graphic or picture health warning on fifty percent of the main display area of the product packaging.

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Government officials have since begun sensitization and enforcement of the laws.

The exercise took place in Kano with the help of the police, and the Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance is there to watch.

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The Graphic Health Warnings Policy provides for an 18-month moratorium after its gazetting, before the commencement of enforcement across the country.

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