Corporate Accountability and Environmental Health


  • Monday, 8th March 2010
    The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has decried the delay by the National Assembly in the passage into law of the National Tobacco Control Bill. The agency said further delay in the passage of the bill may cost the nation more tobacco-related deaths.

    The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which has been signed and ratified by over 168 countries including Nigeria came into force in 2005 and is the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to take global action against tobacco-related deaths. The WHO says tobacco-related deaths stand at 5.4 million people annually, and projects this will increase beyond eight million over the next two decades, with the majority of lives lost in developing countries. It, therefore, insists that strong worldwide enforcement and implementation of the FCTC could save 200 million lives by the year 2050.

  • Thursday, 20th November 2008
    Durban, 12 November  - International leaders in cancer and tobacco control have announced the launch of an unprecedented multinational effort to promote more aggressive tobacco control measures across sub-Saharan Africa. Called The Africa Tobacco Control Regional Initiative (ATCRI), the effort will seek to promote the adoption, implementation and enforcement of effective in-country tobacco control policies, legislation and programmes.
    ATCRI is being supported by Cancer Research UK and American Cancer Society (ACS) is hosted by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA/FoEN). The Executive Director of ERA/FoEN, Nnimmo Bassey, said This is an important and long-overdue initiative. There is significant concern that if current smoking patterns continue, Africa will be faced with the loss of millions of her people to tobacco-related disease within the next few years and also be faced with major infrastructure challenges to manage and treat these chronic diseases. 
    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco currently kills about 5.5 million people every year with seventy percent of the deaths occurring in developing countries. Tobacco companies have in the recent past targeted African countries for development, distribution and marketing of tobacco products because of the limited tobaccocontrol legislation to date.
  • Sunday, 17th August 2008
    The  Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria  (ERA/FoEN) has  asked the Nigerian government to  investigate on-going ‘Experience Freshness’ secret parties being organised by the  British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) to promote its Pallmall cigarette  brand . The group said the parties were being used to influence under age persons to start smoking.
    ERA/FoEN  in  a statement issued  in Lagos alleged  that BAT has staged the “smoking” parties secretly in  Sokoto, Kano, Ilorin, Ibadan while the most recent was held at Gateway Hotel, Kuto Abeokuta on Wednesday, August 13. It alleged that the tobacco company has concluded plans to stage the next party in Akure, Ondo state.
  • Thursday, 17th January 2008

    Guardian News Papers.

    GROWING public outcry against cigarette smoking and production appears to be attracting the attention of the Federal Government.

    Besides renewed move to ban cigarette smoking in pubic places, the government has turned down an application by a foreign firm to establish a N9.6 billion ($80 million) tobacco plant in Nigeria.

    Health Minister, Prof. Adenike Grange, made the disclosure in Abuja yesterday. Also, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar, has said that a law banning smoking of cigarette in public places in the FCT was being put together.

    At the inauguration of a group, Coalition Against Tobacco (CAT) in Abuja, Grange expressed worry over the health implication of tobacco consumption and pledged that the government would take every step within the law to protect citizens from the menace.

  • Tuesday, 6th November 2007
    Punch Newspapers  
    Published: Wednesday, 7 Nov 2007

    The Federal Government has sued British-American Tobacco PLC and two other tobacco companies for N5.3tr for the alleged havoc done to underaged smokers in the country.

    According to a News Agency of Nigeria report on Tuesday, the two other companies are Philip Morris International and International Tobacco Ltd.

    Two affiliate companies of BAT, British-American Tobacco (Nigeria) Ltd., and British-American Tobacco (Investment), were also sued alongside the parent company.

    In the suit, filed by the Attorney-General of the Federation before a Federal High Court in Abuja, government said tobacco-related products manufactured and sold by the defendants were addictive and hazardous to public health.

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