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Tobacco use prevention in Nigeria

Tobacco use prevention in Nigeria
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How raising taxes on tobacco products could reduce use and save lives.

Currently in Nigeria, the death toll from non-communicable diseases is alarmingly high and continuing to rise. CISLAC (Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre) is therefore calling on the Federal Government to take action in order to save the lives of the countless Nigerians who die each year from these preventable diseases. One of the most effective measures that could be taken is to raise tobacco taxes.

Tobacco use is a major contributor to non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and stroke. In fact, tobacco use is estimated to cause about one in every ten deaths from non-communicable diseases globally. Nigeria is no exception to this trend, with tobacco use causing an estimated 44,000 deaths each year. Tobacco use is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke. In fact, tobacco use is estimated to cause about one in every ten deaths from non-communicable diseases globally. Nigeria is no exception to this trend, with tobacco use causing an estimated 44,000 deaths each year.

Generate revenue to fund tobacco control initiatives.

It is estimated that tobacco use causes approximately 6 million deaths each year, with 600,000 of those deaths occurring in Africa. Of those 600,000 deaths, it is estimated that approximately 70,000 occur in Nigeria. Tobacco use is a leading cause of death and disease in Nigeria and Africa, and is responsible for a range of illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, and respiratory diseases. Increasing taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective ways to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related deaths. tobacco taxes are an important part of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy. They are an effective means of reducing tobacco consumption, and they also generate revenue that can be used to fund tobacco control initiatives.

As stated in a recent report, the price of cigarettes is set to increase by 30% and N4.20k per stick by the end of 2022. This means that the price of a 20-stick pack of cigarettes will increase by an average of 32%. The reasoning behind this proposed price increase is to help offset the cost of health care associated with smoking-related illnesses, as well as to deter people from smoking altogether. While some may argue that this price increase will disproportionately hurt low-income smokers, it is important to consider the long-term health benefits that could be achieved by reducing the number of smokers in society.

Cigarettes are a part of many people’s lives in Nigeria.

Cigarettes are still very affordable in Nigeria, according to a report. Prices are cheaper in the northern part of the country than in the southern part, due to the difference in income levels between the two regions. Cigarettes are a key part of many people’s lives in Nigeria, providing a much-needed source of income for many families.

There is a significant disparity in the prices of cigarettes between the north and south of Nigeria, with the north generating less income. A packet of cigarettes can cost as little as N161.89 in the north, while in the south, the same packet can cost up to N323.78 This disparity highlights the economic inequality present in the country. The high price of cigarettes in the south is due to the higher cost of living in the region, as well as the fact that many of the cigarette factories are located in the north.

Revenue to offset medical expenses of tobacco consumption.

The tobacco industry is subject to heavy taxation, which generates significant revenue for governments. This revenue can then be used to mitigate the health burden caused by tobacco consumption. By taxing the tobacco industry, governments can generate revenue that can be used to offset the negative health impacts of tobacco consumption. This revenue can be used to fund public health initiatives, smoking cessation programs, and other measures to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco use.


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1 month ago

Tobacco use prevention in NigeriaHow raising taxes on tobacco products could reduce use and save lives. – Express your point of view.

Yomii
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1 month ago

Tobacco usage should be highly controlled

jdpumping
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1 month ago

Yes the government need to tax the tobacco industry more because the health hazards it gives the masses is on the high side

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