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Thursday, 19 October 2017


The Nigeria House of Representatives on Thursday urged the Federal Government to increase tax on tobacco as a methods for controling smoking and funding healthcare services benefits in the country. This followed a motion by Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-APC) and Rep. Albert Abiodun (Osun-PDP). 

Proceeding On the motion, Ogun expressed concern that annually, tobacco usage accounted for more than seven million deaths around the world. 
He added that this resulted in decreased household incomes, increased Government expenditure in healthcare provisions and loss of productivity. 

Sergius Ogun said that increased tax on tobacco will address public health concerns and substantially increase revenue potential of the Government. 

He also explained that it will likewise help the funding challenges of the healthcare services delivery. 

He said that, the new administration will implement restriction on tobacco publicizing, raise taxes on tobacco among others. 

The motion was consistently adopted when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara. 

The house, therefore, urged the Federal Government to set out on supported battle to control tobacco usage.

It likewise ordered the Committee on Finance to interface with the Federal Ministry of Finance to review the tax regime on tobacco.