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Report indicts tobacco industry of interfering in Nigerian government policiesNigeria

Report indicts tobacco industry of interfering in Nigerian government policiesNigeria
THE Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have indicted the tobacco industry of interfering with policies of the Nigeria government.

Related Groups seek protection of Nigerians against trans-fatty foods Gulf Treasures raises safety risk over unlawful depot closure by PTD Don urges peace over demand for Oluwo’s removal The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have indicted the tobacco industry of interfering with policies of the Nigeria government.They stated this during the launch of the 2020 tobacco industry interference index report for Nigeria, being part of the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index – a global survey of how public health policies are being protected from the industry’s subversive efforts and how governments have pushed back against their influence.The survey reviewed the tobacco industry’s participation in policy development, the tobacco industry’s corporate social responsibility activities as well as benefits to the industry from government policies.It also assessed unnecessary interactions between the government ministries, Department and Agencies and the tobacco industry, it also evaluated transparency in governments’ dealings with the tobacco industry, conflict of interests and preventive measures.

Nigeria, being a signatory and a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FTCT) has some obligations on the issues while dealing with activities of the tobacco industry.Nigeria also has policies and laws that provide for transparency and accountability on dealings with the tobacco industry.

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