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Implementation of Graphic Health Warnings Expected to Save Thousands of Lives in Nigeria Annually

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has asserted that the enforcement of graphic health warnings has the potential to prevent the premature deaths of no less than 11,744 Nigerians every year. The revelation came during a briefing by Chibuike Nwokorie, the Programme Officer of NTCA, held in Abuja.

Pictorial health warnings on tobacco products

Nwokorie shared that an additional 32,608 individuals could be spared from various illnesses associated with the consumption of tobacco products if this proactive health policy is effectively implemented. Additionally, he emphasized a significant financial benefit, stating that when regulatory and law enforcement agencies strictly adhere to preventive measures, the nation stands to save a staggering N6,745,786 billion in healthcare costs each year.

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The projections made by Nwokorie come from a recent study that the Institute of Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy and the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa conducted together. The study underscores the effectiveness of graphic health warnings in curtailing the uptake of tobacco, contributing to a healthier populace.

As the call for the enforcement of graphic health warnings gains momentum, the potential impact on public health and economic savings is evident. The NTCA remains a key advocate for tobacco control measures that prioritize the well-being of Nigerians, emphasizing the crucial role of regulatory and law enforcement agencies in ensuring the success of these life-saving initiatives. Stay tuned for updates on the progress and impact of graphic health warnings in Nigeria.

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