The Nigerian government, on Monday, June 4, declared the banning of the use of flavoured tobacco, especially shisha, in public places
Minister Isaac Adewole directed security agencies to arrest anyone found inhaling the substance.
We learnt that Adewole, a professor and health minister, made the announcement in Abuja at an event organised to mark the 2018 World No Tobacco Day celebration in Nigeria.
According to the minister, Nigeria loses $800 million annually to stroke, heart disease and diabetes with a projected accumulated loss of $7.6 billion to tobacco in 2015.
The New Telegraph quoted Adewole as saying that evidence had shown that for every $1 gain from tobacco business about $3 was expended on healthcare cost .
He said a work plan to be implemented by stakeholders before the approval of the NTC regulations to curb the use of tobacco products in the country had been developed and launched by the minister on the National Tobacco Control (NTC) act.