1.1 billion people smoke globally, WHO says

There are around 1.1 billion smokers in the world today, the same number as at the turn of the century, according to latest data from the World Health Organisation.

WHO’s ‘Global Report on Trends in Prevalence of Tobacco Smoking 2000-2025’, which coincided with World No Tobacco Day 2018, observed every May 31, warned that smoking is a habit that destroyed the hearts.

The report states: “Tobacco is the only legal drug that kills many of its users when used exactly as intended by manufacturers.

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“WHO has estimated that tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) is currently responsible for the death of about six million people across the world each year with many of the deaths occurring prematurely.

“This total includes about 600,000 people that are also estimated to die from the effects of second-hand smoking.

“Although often associated with ill-health, disability and death from non-communicable…

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Meat of sick, dead animals sold in Nasarawa markets, commissioner says

Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Jameel Zakari, says some butchers in the state have been selling meat of sick and dead animals to customers.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lafia that his ministry had discovered the unwholesome practice and therefore vowed to sanction any butcher caught in the act.

“The ministry of agriculture is working with security agencies to ensure that all those perpetrating this act are arrested and brought to justice in order to safeguard the health of the people.

“We recently busted some of them in the act and discovered that they often slaughter sick or even dead animals between 12 midnight and 3 a.m., which they bring to the market.

“That is why you will notice that some of the meats you buy from the market are often tasteless,” he said.

According to him, the act is criminal and will not be condoned by the government.

He noted that about 60 per cent of diseases affecting humans were…

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CAN Calls for Cancellation of Police Recruitment Exams

* Worries about fate of Christians should Buhari get second term

Paul Obi in Abuja

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Thursday called for the cancellation of the Nigerian Police recruitment examination conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) where Arabic Language was part of the subjects listed in the examination.

CAN argued that the inclusion of Arabic Language created confusion among Christian students and has the potential of affecting their overall performance in the examination.

According to the CAN President, Rev. Sampson Supo Ayokunle, “The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is disappointed at the incessant insensitivity of the federal government to the clarion calls being made by all right thinking Nigerians to stop playing religious kite at the expense of peace and unity of the country.

“CAN has severally called on President Muhammadu Buhari to overhaul the security committee of the government with a view to balancing religious…

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