Actors, filmmakers want smoking scenes removed from movies

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Due to its negative social impact, popular actors and filmmakers in the Nollywood have pledged to stop smoking scenes in the country’s movies.

According to reports, there is a smoking epidemic in Nigeria with more than 16, 000 people dying every year from tobacco-related diseases.

The likes of Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Dakore Egbosyn-Akande, Osas Ighdaro, Anto Lecky, Michelle Dede are leading a SmokeFreeNollywood campaign.

Kayode Kasum, Daniel Effiong, Linda Ejiofor, Kiki Omeili, and Imoh Emmanuel Chimezie are the other names involved in the campaign.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), more than 370,000 children in Nigeria smoke daily and research shows that media influenced a significant percentage of current adult smokers.

In a bid to fight this epidemic, Kano State Government recently announced a ban on public smoking.

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