Osun Assembly calls for enforcement of law against public smoking

By Jamiu Ganiyu

Osun State House of Assembly has expressed its readiness to enforce the public smoking prohibition law of the state in order to reduce the exposure of members of the public to smoking-related ailments.

The Osun Assembly expressed the desire to enforce the tobacco control law yesterday at the committee of the whole chaired by the Speaker of the State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye while receiving the team of Osun Health Insurance Scheme led by its Executive Secretary, Dr. Adeniyi Oginni at House of Assembly chamber, Abere, Osogbo.

The comprehensive tobacco control law was passed by the Osun State House of Assembly in 2009 under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Adejare Bello as Speaker.

Rt. Hon. Owoeye who noted that despite the existing law in the state that prohibits public smoking, the act is rampant in the state, he, therefore, ordered the clerk of the to write to all security agencies in the state for enforcement of the law.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of OHIS, Dr. Oginni took time to enlighten the members of the parliament on the growing trend of non-communicable diseases in the world as part of the global week campaign for health problems that threatens human existence.

He said the visit to the state parliament was part of their effort to sensitise legislators and policymakers on the trend of noncommunicable diseases and the need for all hands to be on the deck to tackle the challenge.

Oginni said non-communicable diseases are responsible 65% of global deaths with about forty million deaths recorded annually.

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