…Says, many drug addicts start with Tobacco.
…Director reiterates “No smoking in camp.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
An NGO, ‘Eye Opener Women and Youths Foundation,’ a two-times award winner of World Health Organisation (WHO)’s “World No Tobacco Day” (WNTD) – has distributed free jackets to National Youth Service Corps members at its Orientation Camp in Kaduna.
The jackets, branded with “No! To Tobacco,” were distributed to the corps members during sensitization of over three hundred of them by the Foundation, on Tuesday, at Government College Kaduna orientation camp lecture hall.
Speaking at the event, Founder of the organization, Mrs. Margaret Julius, in company of her team, said many people, who are into drugs today started with tobacco.
She said a number of the corps members were inaugurated into Tobacco Abstinence Club by the foundation last year in same camp.
“We are here this year on health talk to sensitize them on dangers of tobacco to health,” she said, adding, “there are a lot of teenagers in camp of 19 years and above, who required to know the danger of tobacco, for the purpose of prevention.”
“Tobacco,” she said, “is a subtle enemy and substances that many people did not know. We are here to help those smoking to quit and those not to stay abstained and take the message to their various places of primary assignments, to primary and secondary schools where most of them served, to save lives.
“Spread the messages to their Community Development Service (CDS), for purposes of prevention of younger people from falling into the tobacco smoking habits.
“We distribute free jackets to the Corpers on our own provision, because WHO has not given us anything, yet, but we know they will support us when the time comes,” she said.
She, however, disagreed with the general impression that ‘hardships and depression engendered tobacco habits,’ pointing out that such habit only compounds the situation and does not solve the problems.
“It’s an erroneous belief. Every human being has potential in him or her to do something to survive. I’m an example. I graduated many years ago and I have never had a white collar job till now. But you can see, I’m doing something now,” she said.
Also in an interview, an Assistant Director of Kaduna Orientation Camp, reiterated a “no smoking” clause in the camp rules, saying, authority will continue to push the message across during CDS and let them know the dangers associated with the habits as usual.
Also in an interview, a Corps member, who appreciated the foundation, enjoined his colleagues, praying for long lives to abstain from smoking habits, saying, “It’s of no benefits to human beings.”