The Federal Capital Territory FCT administration has said it would step up its campaign against smoking of tobacco in public places to reduce the impact of second-hand smoking effect in the territory which is said to cause 50 per cent of cancer cases.
The administration said this Tuesday at the Stake holders Forum on the ban of smoking tobacco in public places, organized by the Social Development Secretariat of the FCT as part of strategy to consolidate and strengthen the campaign against cigarette smoking in public place in the Territory.
Secretary of the SDS, Mrs. Blessing Onuh said the impact of tobacco transcends the present generation as its consequences are far reaching into the future of the populations health through various manifestation of health problems.
She maintained that members of the public must partner with the FCTA to fashion a more lasting way to eradicate the use of Tobacco in public places by individuals because of its harmful effect on the public which she described as startling and grim.
“The Campaign against tobacco was instituted in 2008. The decision stemmed from the startling and grim report which indicated that not only is the use of tobacco dangerous to health it threatens the future generation
“Second-hand smoking contains more than 50 cancer causing compounds; the use of tobacco is the direct cause of various forms of cancer ailment, infertility and miscarriages in women, brain damage, stroke, hypertension, body rashes and irreversible blindness.
“Of a truth tobacco damages almost every organ of the body. Research has shown that cigarette filters are filled with toxic chemicals which make their way into the environment and human bodies. Hydrogen cyanide, one of the by product of cigarette is present in chemical agent used in World War 11. This you will agree with me ladies and gentlemen calls for great concern.” Onu stated.
On his part the chairman of the Kuje Area Council, Danladi Etsu Zhin stated that the Kuje council Area councils will use the Town hall meeting to sensitize its citizens and residents to avoid smoking in public places.
He further stated that the council would network with other Councils in the FCT to promote the ban on smoking in public places to ensure that the risk associate with such act is reduced among the second hand smokers who are innocently affected by the act.
Etsu Zhin said the ban is already effective in schools and hospitals within the Kuje Area Council but added that hotel operators in the FCT should be made to identify rooms for smokers and non-smokers to promote culture amongst their clients.