The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Niger state has raised alarm over the safety of tobacco snuff currently imported into the country in large quantities.
This was disclosed by the state Coordinator of NAFDAC, Mr. Aniko Ibrahim in Minna, the capital city of Niger state.
“Going by the labels, these products are coming from Ghana into our country because of the nature of our borders.
“It means that as an agency we have to work very hard to stop the proliferation of products like this,” he said.
Speaking further, Ibrahim said many have been addicted to sniffing the powdered substance without knowing the ingredients used in producing the substance.
“We have not ascertained the composition of these substances as some of them claim to cure eye disease, pile, waist pain and headache.
“Others claim to cure weak erection in men, asthma, cough and catarrh and many more. In fact, they are endless,” he said.
Speaking further, Ibrahim said that the ingredients will be checked keenly to ensure that harmful substances are not found in the imported local powder.
He further stressed that, the agency’s headquarters in Abuja would be notified for necessary action.