The Tobacco Free Association of Zambia has condemned calls by Zambia Federation of Employers President, Mara Sakala for Zambia not to enactment of the Tobacco and Nicotine Control Bill.
To the dismay of the Association and it’s partners, the Zambia Federation of Employers President is said to have called on government to stop the enactment of the Bill during this year’s Labour Day celebrations on 1st May. Tobacco Free Association of Zambia Executive Director, Brendah Chitindi is saddened that Zambia is spending about K2.8 billion annually on the treatment of Lung Cancer and other Tobacco related illnesses.
Addressing the media today, Mrs Chitindi said statistics by the World Health Organization show that Zambia loses over 8,000 people annually which translates to 140 lives per week as a result of the consumption of tobacco. She further stated that her Association has written to Ms Sakala seeking an audience to better understand the ZFEs position on the enactment of the Tobacco and Nicotine Control Bill.
The National Action for Quality Education in Zambia Executive Director, Aaron Chansa has backed the Association’s position on the need to enact the Bill citing an increase in tobacco consumption among pupils in schools, while Youth Alliance Zambia has called on young people to refrain from tobacco smoking as it is detrimental to their health.