FDA cautions public against tobacco usage

Mr Hudu Mogtari(inset)addressing the participnats.Photo Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi.

Mr Hudu Mogtari(inset)addressing the participnats.Photo Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mr Hudu Mogtari, has advocated the need to protect the public against tobacco usage.

According to him, research had confirmed that there was no safe form of tobacco use, hence the need to draw public attention to the law.

He said this in Accra, on Tuesday during a training workshop for 60 managers of pubs and restaurants to sensitise them on the Public Health Act 2012 on Tobacco.

Mr Mogtari said the tobacco control provisions were introduced due to Ghana’s recognition of the harmful effects of tobacco use and the need to protect the citizens from the dangers in the consumption and exposure to its use.

He said since the enactment of the Public Health Act 2012, the FDA had initiated many activities to educate the public and assured that FDA would continue to interact with stakeholders through workshops to ensure public safety.

Ghana was the 39th country to ratify the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) on November 29, 2004.

The Head of Tobacco and Substances Abuse Department of the FDA, Mrs. Olivia Boateng, in her presentation on ‘Tobacco Control Measures’ urged the managers of public facilities to ensure that their patrons were protected from the use of tobacco.

“They should endeavour to place ‘No smoking’ signs at their premises to prevent people from smoking in the facility,” she advised

She mentioned some of the effects of tobacco usage as increased risk of heart diseases, cancer, pregnant women passing on harmful chemicals on to the fetus, worsening of chest problems and allergies such as asthma, fever and bronchitis among others.

 By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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