‘Tobacco should be expensive to discourage smokers’

smokingThe Zambia Media Network Against Tobacco (ZMNAT) has called for an increase in tobacco prices in the country to reduce the number of people that smoke to protect citizens.

(ZMNAT) Chairperson, Dr Fackson Goma said in Lusaka today at a media seminar on tobacco held at Mika Lodge that tobacco prices in the country need to be hiked to discourage people from smoking to make Zambia a tobacco free country.

The seminar was organized by ZMNAT in collaboration with the Africa
Tobacco Control Regional Initiative (ANTCRI).

Dr Goma said according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, about 4.7 percent of people in Africa smoke tobacco.

He urged the media to take a keen interest in government efforts and responsibility on the matter and to also sensitize people on the dangers of smoking to health.

Dr Goma added that there is need for the media to partner with Tobacco control advocates to build capacity and engage in effective policy shift campaigns in Africa.

And ANTCRI coordinator, Tosin Orugun said the aim of the advocacy is to raise critical issues related to effects of tobacco cigarette smoking and identify policy action for policy makers in various African countries that are members of the Network.

Mr Orugun added that there s need to resist and challenge the status quo across the African continent on smoking.

He further noted that African countries were experiencing the highest tobacco use amongst developing countries.

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