Akande-Adeola said that the passage of the bill would also tackle the issue of tobacco addiction among the youth.
She argued that tobacco had been known for its harmful effect on health, adding that its regulation was therefore a necessity.
The leader enumerated the adverse effect of tobacco to include, diseases such as tuberculosis, miscarriages, tooth decay and other form of incurable diseases.
Rep. Leo Ogor (PDP-Delta) said the harmful effect of tobacco intake could not be over-emphasied, adding that “it is a known fact that the health of a nation is the wealth of a nation’’. [eap_ad_1] “We all know how harmful tobacco is to our health as well as its harmful challenges to us as a nation; tobacco has been known to be an instrument of death to people.
“The essence of the bill is to bring what is happening in our country to be in conformity with other international laws,’’ he said.
He argued that the harmful effect of tobacco was a global knowledge that people had now realised that its production and sale should be regulated.
The Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, referred the bill which was not opposed to the Committee on Health for more legislative input.
The bill was referred to the Committees on Education and Marine Transport. (NAN)[eap_ad_4]