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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Creating the Network for Tobacco Prevention - the College Approach

Olumide Orogun, B.Eng, In, View, Information, College Watch, C/o University of Ilorin,Department of Electrical Engineering, P M B 1515, Ilorin, Nigeria

Objective: The idea of creating a network of youth in the Nigerian Universities, came from the need to tackle the problems associated with drugs and tobacco use from the base of it. This network focuses of the youth as the primary agent of change, while allowing the majority of those involved in drug use to be a part of the network. It is a fact that, with the Nigerian social background, the social stigma around smoking in most part of the country makes it difficult for youth who which to quit the habit come out for help. Instead, they form stronger alliance, and this keeps the chain of addiction on.

Methods: The method of this strategy is to make use of the core victims of tobacco and drug use for tobacco control messaging. By this, other victims are able to come out and identify with their colleagues. It therefore becomes easier to appraise the different conditions that led them into the act, in the first place, and with cessation program; it becomes easier to cub the problem.

Results: Over 50% of the youth in 4 Universities who have been involved in smoking agree that, finding the platform to be involved in the activities made it a hard thing for them to continue in the art of smoking. More youth are finding the forum to express themselves, and to find the needed information for quitting.