NEWSDAILYNIGERIA -As the World celebrates World International NO-Tobacco-Day on 31th May 2021, a non –Governmental organization, the Eye Opener Women and Youth Foundation has commenced raising awareness and campaign to teenagers , youth and women across the3 19 states of northern Nigeria
The aim is to sensitize them of the dangers associated with Tobacco and cigarette smoking.
According to the founder of the Non -governmental organization Mrs Margeret julius “They have mobilized many experts and other specialists to team-up with their volunteers , with the aims of taking “House-to-house Campaign” so as to educate women and children at home on dangers associated with Narcotics and other harmful substances.
The theme of the 2021 Campaign is “COMMIT TO QUIT” which is targetted at educating women and children at schools and communities on the harmful effect of tobacco across the northern states of Nigeria including the federal Capital of Nigeria-Abuja
Adding that this year’s campaign has some colors attached to it which include taking the Campaign from one ethnic group to another one ( ethnic -to- ethnic campaign in the northern region) in order to draw the attention of youth and women, so as to immensely Commit to quit Campaign while saying bye bye to all forms of drugs and Tobacco with other cigarette smoking;
“we used to tell the youth in the jingles that smokers are liable to die young simply to draw their attenton to quit smoking tobacco”
Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
Margaret says , the “Quit Tobacco Movement campaign is now extended to every school to advocate for quitting consumption of tobacco among children, communities,ghettos, football field, traditional wrestling center,train station, bus station ,markets etc
She noted that ,there is increasing evidence that youth and young adults are an increasing segment of the tobacco using population,hence the need to join World Health Organization in taking the campaign to the grassroot.
“my team has dedicated one week in taking the campaign Jingle where youth usually gather and smoke indian herm, cigarette, and other local smoke”
“we are taking the campaign to religious places and traditional institution in order to get their support in the fight against all forms of cigeratte smoking and other dangerous and harmful substance”
Stressing that engaging and empowering youth in the tobacco awareness campaigns would help to create awareness on tobacco control among their peers, community.
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is celebrated on 31st May every year,which is an international day designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to advocate for effective policy aimed at reducing the global use of tobacco and tobacco-related products.
” we are going to used the week toward spreading the message of harmful effect of smoking among youth and women all over the states where we finds ourselves in order to sensitizes citizens ”
The founder of the NGO pointed that ,her organization has started” house -to -house campaign in some states of northern Nigeria since last week ,and the essence is to enabled us to meet with many women and childrens at home to raise more awareness on all the dangers associated with drugs and smoking all forms of tobacco.
“we say no to tobacco smoking among teenagers,women and youth across the 19 northern states of Nigeria”
No matter how you smoke it, tobacco is dangerous to your health. There are no safe substances in any tobacco products, from acetone and tar to nicotine and carbon monoxide. The substances you inhale don’t just affect your lungs. They can affect your entire body.
Smoking can lead to a variety of ongoing complications in the body, as well as long-term effects on your body systems. While smoking can increase your risk of a variety of problems over several years, some of the bodily effects are immediate. Learn more about the symptoms and overall effects of smoking on the body below.
There are so many dangers associated with tobacco smoking and other dangerous substance in our society
Lung cancer is not the only consequence of smoking, smoking is responsible for a heap of other awful diseases,
Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients, many of which can also be found in cigars and hookahs. When these ingredients burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals
There is need for more NGO/CSO and tradiotional title holders with religious leaders to join the campaign
The World No Tobacco Day 2021 Global campaign serves to equip young people with knowledge about tobacco and related industries’ intention to hook the current and future generations on tobacco and addictive nicotine and other dangerous substances which youths uses to get hi
According to her, the organization is targeting sensitizing -one -hundred thousand youths and women across the 19 northern states of Nigeria
The organization is going to use social media ,print papers and electronic media organizations to educate women and children on ways to join the fight against Tobacco and other cigarette smoking among teenagers.