To minimize Tobacco use, consumption and control in Nigeria, the Civic Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, CISLAC, has advocated tax increase as the most efficient and cost-effective way of arresting the public health problem.
The CISLAC Senior Programme Officer, Mr Solomon Adoga, gave the indication at a Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue on Tobacco Taxation in Bauchi.
Mr Solomon Adoga said imposing higher taxes on the Tobacco companies would reduce the use and consumption of the product aside from the number of smokers in the country.
He said the benchmark for Tobacco taxation recommended by the World Health Organisation, WHO was seventy per cent of the retail price.
The Special Adviser to Bauchi State Governor on Agriculture, Dr Iliyasu Aliyu Gital, advocated the domestication of prohibiting smoking in public places.
Dr Gital, who gave his personal tobacco use experience, said it took him a long time to quit smoking. However, as soon as he did, the impact of his disengagement began to dialogue with his socioeconomic activities.
During the Dialogue, a panel discussion was conducted where a representative of each invited stakeholder, including the State Ministry of Health, the Board of Internal Revenue Service, the Media, and Civil SocietyDialogueth-Based Organizations, were featured.
The Dialogue was organized by CISLAC, with support from Tax Justice Network Africa.
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