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Gvt urged to put in place measures to save youths from tobacco abuse

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The Tobacco Free Association of Zambia -TOFAZA- has called on for government support in its efforts to reduce abuse of tobacco among youths in the country.

TOFAZA Executive Director Brenda Chitindi said the authorities must put in place measures to protect youths from tobacco abuse.

Chitindi made the remarks during a Pre-World No Tobacco Day event in the capital today.

She expressed concern alleging that the tobacco industry only cares about the profit and not public health.

She highlighted that 60 percent of Africans are below 24 years, and this makes the tobacco industry harmful if not controlled.

Meanwhile, Tobacco Free Zambia Advocate Loverdale Mwale has called on the country to domesticate the World Health Organization -WHO-convention on tobacco control.

Pastor Mwale said there is need to enact a tobacco and nicotine products control piece of legislation to save the young generation from tobacco use and it’s exposure.

Apparently, Ministry of Health representative John Mayeya said the call by TOFAZA has the full support of the ministry.

Speaking on behalf of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Agatha Chitindi ssaid the world body will provide necessary support that projects that aim to safeguard the health and well-being of citizens.

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