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Millions of Nigerians addicted to tobacco

12 July 2013, 08:30Augustine Osyande

Abuja - About 4,5 million Nigerians are addicted to tobacco.

This is according to findings from a survey the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and some international organisations conducted recently.

The figures represent about 3 percent of the population.

The northern parts of the country, according to the survey, is the worst affected by the problem while the east has the least prevalence.

The Deputy Director in charge of household surveys at the NBS, Isiaka Olarewaju, explained that the survey was conducted in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

The survey will provide a platform for government at all levels to implement policies aimed at checking deaths caused by the use of the highly-addictive substance.

Tobacco, which contains poisonous tar and nicotine, is said to be a major cause of millions of deaths around the world.

It is estimated it will kill 1 billion people in the 21st century. Nigeria plans to outlaw smoking in public places.

- CAJ News


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