Gambia, an organization advocating against Tobacco use in collaboration with
partners last Tuesday organised a daylong awareness creation for fifty youth
leaders from groups in the Kanifing Municipality, Banjul and West Coast Region
on the 2016 Tobacco Control Act.
The organisation’s Executive Director Sambujang Conteh said The Gambia is part of the international community that has endorsed the WHO framework convention on tobacco control.
According to him, The Gambia cannot directly implement international convention because there must be a procedure that every country must demonstrate in the international treaty in their national laws. “In 2007, the National Assembly endorsed the document without any amendment.”
Mr. Conteh said youth are Tobacco companies’ main target because they want to market their products and if they win the young people, they will have a good market.
Mberry Sonko from the National Youth Council said RAID has been a great partner of NYC in terms of Tobacco control and has fully involved it in control in their activities and projects.
Modou Njai, director of health promotion and education directorate called on the young people to also sensitise their fellows on the Act so that everybody can be aware of it.
Mr. Njai also urged them to use the social media, radio and the television to sensitise the public on the execution of Tobacco Control Act, saying that would be a right format to popularize the Act. “