By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization, The Eye Opener: Women and Youth Foundation, on Sunday commenced campaign across northern Nigeria to sensitize youth and women in the region on the dangers associated with tobacco smoking.
Founder of the group, Mrs. Margeret Julius, said already experts and other specialists has been mobilized to team-up with the group’s volunteers for a “House-to-House Campaign” to educate women and children on dangers associated with narcotics and other harmful substances.
Even as she disclose; “This year’s campaign has some colors added to it which is taking the campaign from one ethnic group to another tagged:
‘Ethnic-to-Ethnic campaign’ in the northern region. This is to draw the attention of youth and women to commit to quit by bidding bye-bye to all forms of drugs, tobacco and substance abuse.”
According to her, going by the theme for the year: “Commit to Quit” her team’s target is to educate women and children at schools and communities on harmful effects of tobacco across the northern states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital, Abuja.
The Eye Opener boss explained that the ‘Quit Tobacco Movement Campaign’ is now extended to all schools advocating for a quit in consumption of tobacco among school children, in communities, ghettos, football fields, traditional wrestling centers, train station, motor parks, markets, among others.
“There is increasing evidence that youth and young adults are an increasing segment of the tobacco using population, hence the need to join the World Health Organization in taking the campaign to the grassroot,” she noted.
Continuing Mrs. Julius said: “my team has dedicated one week to take the campaign to the jungles where youth usually gather to smoke indian herm, cigarettes, and other locally brewed substances.
“We’ll also take the campaign to religious places and traditional institutions to get their supports in the fight against this menace,” she vowed.
The World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is celebrated on May 31 annually, 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.