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N/R: Food and Drugs Authority calls for concerted effort towards enforcement and control of use of tobacco in the country

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has called for a concerted effort towards the enforcement and control of the use of tobacco in the country. It says the implementation of the law on the use of tobacco in the country has been quite challenging and there is the urgent need for all stakeholders to be involved.

FDA’s Head of Tobacco and substances of Abuse Department Dr. Olivia A. Boateng made the call at a stakeholders meeting on the control and use of tobacco in Tamale yesterday.

The meeting brought together all the security agencies, Ghana Education Service, traditional and religious leaders, the judiciary, National Commission for Civic Education, Environmental Protection Agency and the media, to deliberate on steps to effectively sensitize and educate the general public on tobacco control enforcement in the country.

Dr. Olivia A. Boateng noted the authority since 2012 have been pushing for amendments that will address the challenges impeding the enforcement of the law. She therefore called on all stakeholders to support in educating the general public on the dangers of the use of tobacco and other harmful substances.      

By: Maryama Alhassan/zaanews.com/Ghana

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