News - North West - Kaduna Updated: August 08, 2022

NYSC: NGO Sensitises Corps Members On Cigarette Smoking Effects

By Deborah Oyewole
August 08, 2022
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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Eye Opener Women and Youth Foundation, has begun educating  youth corps members in Kaduna State on the harmful consequences of smoking cigarettes.

Margaret Julius, the Founder and President of the organisation, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Kaduna.

The President, who is  also the recipient of the 2022 World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Award, said her annual target surpasses 20,000 youth corps members.

According to her, the campaigns against smoking were intended to raise more awareness among youths and women in the country.

”Smoking cigarettes harms a person’s health and increases the risk of heart diseases,” Julius added.


”At a one-day programme at  the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Kaduna , a one minute silence was observed for the late President of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Yar adua and others.

”This was because of the roles they played towards spreading the fight against Cigarette smoking,” she said.

Julius added that cigarette smoking was not in any way beneficial, ”rather, it kills and still kills millions of youths across the world”.

She further disclosed that the NGO had established many tobacco abstinence clubs in both private and public schools across the state.

A former corps member and member of the club, Esther Umoh, also advised her colleagues to strengthen the anti-smoking campaign in their Places of Primary Assignment (PPA).


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