Medical doctors, under the umbrella of Epidemiological Society of Nigeria (EPISON), have called for an absolute ban on tobacco adverts.
This was part of the communiqué the association issued following its 6th Annual Scientific Conference and General Meeting held recently in Abuja.
The doctors said they are worried about the negative effects of smoking.
EPISON observed that high rate of tobacco use, alcohol consumption, poor diet and sedentary lifestyle, especially among the youths, is aiding the spread of non-communicable diseases.
The society also urged the federal government to increase funding for the health sector to meet the 15% Abuja Declaration of 2001 and ensure timely and complete release of budgeted funds.
This is meant to adequately fund research and address the health challenges in the epidemiological transition.