The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdullahi Mashi has urged Nigerians to support the fight against tobacco to avert lung diseases and other tobacco-related conditions in the country.

The Permanent Secretary, made the call in Abuja at the commemoration of 2019 World No Tobacco Day with the theme “Tobacco and Lung Health”.

Mashi said that the event sought to raise awareness on the magnitude of illnesses and deaths from lung diseases, including cancer of the lungs, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary tuberculosis

that the diseases could all be caused by direct tobacco use and exposure to second hand-tobacco smoke.

Mashi also said that the commemoration was meant to bring stakeholders on board to reinforce the ministry’s efforts in the promotion of “lung health” with a view to achieving overall health and well-being of Nigerians.