Foundation advocates tobacco harm reduction
Foundation for Consumer Freedom Advancement (FCFA) has underscored the need for government to prioritise tobacco harm reduction (THR) and embrace the Swedish model, which is almost enthroning a smoke-free society.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Abisoye Michael regretted that Nigeria has continued to experience devastating consequences of substance-related diseases.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), in 2022, reported that nearly 30,000 lives were lost in the country.
According to the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction, 4.1 per cent of the adult population in Nigeria are smokers, representing approximately 4.5 million individuals.
It reported that while 7.9 per cent of men in the country are smokers, only 0.3 per cent of women indulge in the act.
Joining the global community in celebrating World Vape Day 2023, yesterday, Abisoye said the event presents an opportunity to reflect on remarkable achievements made in combating smoking and stress the urgency for Nigeria to embrace THR strategies and draw inspiration from Sweden’s successful model.
By adopting the Swedish approach, he said Nigeria could encourage other African nations, offering a beacon of hope in reducing smoking rates and promoting a healthier future.
He said the Sweden’s model could save millions of lives across Africa if adopted
Abisoye urged government to priotise THR with a view to saving lives, improving public health outcomes and alleviating burden on healthcare resources.
He pledged their readiness to collaborate with stakeholders in promoting THR initiatives and working towards a smoke-free future.