A Cross Section of medical experts has called for the immediate enforcement of the law banning smoking in public places in Ekiti State signed into law in 2012.
The medical experts made the call at an awareness programme organised by the Ekiti State Government in commemoration of this year’s World Tobacco Day held at Lady Jibowu Hall Government House Ado Ekiti.
One of them, a consultant endocrinologist, Dr Deji Ajayi decried the rate at which people, especially youth engaged in smoking despite its negative consequences on their health.
Dr Ajayi also noted that since government had banned smoking in public places through proper legislation, there was the need for more advocacies to stimulate the consciousness of the people on danger inherent in tobacco smoking
Another expert and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Health, Dr Opeyemi Ogunsakin observed that tobacco smoking was rampant in the state, hence the need for enforcement of the law against the act.
Dr Ogunsakin further cautioned that anyone caught smoking tobacco in public places risked three months imprisonment and urged stakeholders to assist government in reducing the menace in the state.
Earlier, Governor Kayode Fayemi told the gathering that his administration was poised to engage security agencies to enforce the law and check the spate of drug abuse and tobacco smoking.
The programme which featured playlets, and messages of goodwill, was attended by representatives of security agencies, NGO’s and drug law enforcement agencies.