Anti Tobacco campaigners are today focusing on opposing the tobacco industries as the world marks the No tobacco day.
The tobacco industry is blamed for increasingly taking bold and aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.
“The tobacco industry’s money investment in the economy, should be rejected given the negative impact of tobacco on public health, the government has imposed strong measures like increasing taxes and strongly condemning smoking in public places but that’s not enough,” said Francois Habiyambere, Head of Anti-tobacco Campaign in the ministry of health.
Although the government has increased prices on cigarettes, stubborn smokers are not ready to part with the habit.
“Despite hearing that tobacco kills, I have never felt sick of the cigarette since I started smoking 20 years ago, Even I used to see my parents smoke local tobacco and I take it as an inherited habit,” Musa Tabaro, 27 years, is a potter and he was found comfortably walking with a cigarette in his mouth.
As of the 2010 demographic health survey, 19.1 percent of men aged between 15 to 59 use tobaccos while 4 percent of the women of that age smoke, making it 8.7 percent of the average of smokers in the country among people aged between 15-59 ages.
Tobacco vendors on their part insist tobacco is their source of income. They add that smokers have the choice in their hand whether to smoke or quit.
Habiyambere, however says tobacco user receives support because both ordinary and decision makers sometimes do not understand the grave effect of smoking.
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. Habiyambere says smokers may suffer from breathing complications, impotence or bareness and cancers.