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Globally, over 1.3 billion people engage in cigarette smoking. From this figure, Nigeria accounts for 14 per cent of adult smokers, a development that has heightened serious concern about the growing addiction in the country.
  
According to reports, the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than eight million people yearly globally. More than seven million of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while about 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoking.