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The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has urged for increased enlightenment campaigns to change the behaviour of consumers of tobacco, adding that it exposes them to the risks of cardiovascular diseases.

Obaseki said this in commemoration of the World No Tobacco Day marked by the World Health Organisation and other organs of the United Nations to raise awareness and check the consumption of tobacco.

In a statement made available to The media Tuesday by his aide on Media Projects, Mr Crusoe Osagie, the governor urged “Stakeholders to develop effective behavioural change communication campaigns to sensitise consumers on the need to adopt new habits against the consumption of tobacco which exposes them to cardiovascular diseases.”

He said that this year’s theme for the commemoration, “Tobacco: Threat to our environment” calls for urgent measures to drive enlightenment campaigns on how tobacco consumption harms the environment, as sustained production of cigarettes leads to the cutting down of trees, leading to rising temperatures across the globe.

Obaseki said, “On our part as a government, we will continue to support policies to improve access to affordable and quality healthcare that encourage consumers of tobacco seeking therapy to be able to access health professionals to enhance their recovery.

“The ongoing decentralisation of healthcare services across the state has improved access for more residents to check the increase in cardiovascular diseases associated with the consumption of tobacco.”

He noted that through effective policies, health workers, civil society organisations and relevant Non-Governmental Organisations would be encouraged to carry out more awareness and sensitisation on the dangers of tobacco consumption.

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