The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that tobacco kills more than seven million people each year, six million of them from direct use and the others due to exposure to smoking. In the Nigerian context, the Federal Ministry of Health noted that about 4.5 million Nigerians consume, on an annual basis, 20 billion sticks of cigarettes.
In a report by the Tobacco Atlas on Nigeria, every year, more than 16,100 Nigerians are killed by tobacco-caused disease. Still, more than 25000 children (10-14 years old) and 3527000 adults (15+ years old) continue to use tobacco each day. Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic insulates the tobacco industry in Nigeria and ensures that tobacco’s death toll will grow every year. At the 2017 World Heart Day, Nigeria’s Health Minister Professor Isaac Adewole revealed causes of heart-related diseases includes the active and passive use of tobacco and alcohol intake as there are over one billion smokers in the world and with Nigerians consuming over two billion sticks of cigarettes annually with 500,000 being women.
Despite Nigeria making progress on tobacco control in recent years, people continue to die and become sick needlessly, and the costs to society from tobacco use continue to mount. We believe Nigeria can still do more to make the proven tobacco control tools work for its citizens’ wellbeing and this is defining concept for the Essay competition.
Topic: Hazards of Tobacco to the Heart: Role of Stakeholders in Nigeria
- Students in secondary schools in Nigeria (JSS 2 – SSS 2)
- Essay should identify the problems, and provide recommendations for stakeholders in combatting tobacco spread.
- Essays should be maximum of 2500 words
- Typed in Times New Roman, 12 size font and double spaced
The winners will be awarded prizes ranging from Laptops, Tablets, Mobile Phones, and Smart Wrist Watches.
Submission should be made to info @nigerianheart.org and copy info @unanigeria.org. Kindly use your full name and name of school as email heading (e.g. Femi Uche – Federal Government School College Lagos) and entry should be submitted as an attachment in .doc or .pdf file formats.
Other details to be included in the submission are:
Class, Age, Contact Telephone and Contact Email.
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Winners will be notified and announced on the 22nd of May, 2018 and the event will hold on 31st of May, 2018. Further information will be given later.
About the Organizers
Nigerian Heart Foundation
Nigerian Heart Foundation promote prevention of Heart Disease and Stroke; and empower Nigerians to live a healthy life.
Nigerian Heart Foundation plays a leading role in the fight against Heart Disease and Stroke with the aim of reducing the number of Nigerians suffering from premature death and disabilities. www.nigerianheart.org
United Nations Association of Nigeria
United Nations Association of Nigeria (UNAN) is a membership based organization of individuals, NGOs and civil societies working on issues related to the United Nations Objectives. UNAN is poised to Mobilize, Motivate & Educate the entire civil society of Nigeria to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). www.unanigeria.org