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Firm harps on safer alternatives to tobacco smoking



To mitigate the risk factors associated with tobacco smoking, Philip Morris International (PMI), has stressed the need to jettison combustible smoking.

It said over one billion smokers were being targeted for a switch over to non-combustible smoking.

This, according to the company, is to reduce diseases associated with harmful chemicals from smoking tobacco.

At a media conference in Lagos, the head of PMI’s Scientific Engagement for Middle East, Africa, Mr Ignazio Suarez, said the company which has been operating in Europe and other continents, has decided to get into the African market with varieties of improved and smoke-free products which have been scientifically substantiated and manufactured under appropriate safety and quality controls.

Suarez said the product will be available to the Nigerian market when all necessary processes, procedures, with regulatory agencies as well as public enlightenment, are met.

He said, “The essence of our product is not to stop smoking but to reduce the risk involved with new products with less toxicants.”

Suarez stressed that the best choice to make is to quit smoking if you are a smoker, but if you do not smoke, do not start.

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“For those who are ready smoking, we have varieties of electronic heated tobacco products without combustion and less nicotine and intoxicants,” he said.

On his part, the Director of External Affairs of Philip Morris International, Mr L.Y. Harouna, said the firm had invested $8 billion in research and development of least reduced risk alternatives for cigarette smokers and over a billion smokers globally are being targeted to adopt E-Cigarettes and Heated Tobacco Products (HTPs) which contain little or no nicotine and are less harmful.

“The level of toxicants in our products is reduced by 90 to 95 per cent when compared vis-a-vis the common cigarette in the market,” Harouna said.

He said the firm is still in the process of meeting the requirements of Nigeria regulatory bodies and other necessary steps before proper launch.

According to him, the aim is to see a society free of combustible smoking, because it is very difficult to stop smoking entirely.

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“We need public enlightenment and orientation while we work towards its legal and economic aspects. Nigeria makes 14 per cent of global tobacco smokers and among which, 85 per cent are men, so, we want to make this per cent switch to this innovative, non-combustible and harmless smoking. The future of smoking is to make cigarettes obsolete and make people switch to digital smoking. Ours contains nicotine but is very meagre, but it is zero combustion. We are looking for a differentiated regulation for this product,” he added.

He said E-cigarettes and other related products are already in the South African markets and most countries in Europe and America.

It was disclosed that 14 per cent of the legal age of the population smoke cigarettes in Nigeria and 98 per cent of the smokers are men based on verifiable statistics.

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‘Our culture, value system have been eroded’



‘Our culture, value system have been eroded’

He is a grassroots politician versed in the culture of his people. The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, who is also the chief of staff to the local government chairman, Aremo Olusegun Oyindasola, is an avid reader. For his contribution to the development of his clan, he was recently conferred with the chieftaincy title of Sarunmi of Owu Akinale, Ewekoro, Ogun State by Oba Adewunmi Ogunleye Afogunlanafade, Towolade of Akinale, Arole Olowu. In this chat with EVELYN OSAGIE, he speaks on diverse issues.

Some people see our culture as being fetish. What drives your passion for culture?

I’m a lover of culture. Our culture is rich. But it is unfortunate that we all have not paid much attention to the development of that sector like other countries, especially in Asia. I am a nationalist who believes the kind of education bestowed on us by the colonial masters is a backward one. This is because proper education is meant to make you enlightened and not for you to just get a paper degree. It ought to make you relevant to your society; but the kind we are given makes us know more about Europe than our society.

Society is dysfunctional. A lot of people don’t even know where they come from and that mentality is affecting us. If you don’t know where you are coming from, you would not know where you are; talk less of where you are going. Our culture and value systems, which are priceless and have kept the sanity and sanctity of our society, have been downplayed. And that is why today, we have an increase in crime and unemployment rates. This is because a lot of leaders are exporting employment while promoting unemployment back home.

How are our leaders exporting employment?

When you have money and you are keeping it in a foreign land, that means you are exporting employment to another country. What I’m saying in essence is that all these titles that are given to us are just to remind us of the importance of our roots and the need to develop our homeland. I’m accepting this title because of my mindset about education – that education must have relevance to your society. If you cannot help your society, then you are not educated.

Once you invest in a society, the youth would get employed, the crime rate would be reduced, and a lot of development would come. People, whether a politician or not, must know their roots. Whatever you are doing and wherever you find yourself, come, bring your resources and do the same here at home. So, we can have peace and harmony in our society.

People see politics as a dirty game. As a politician and a chief who is deeply interested in cultural affairs, how do you marry the two?

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I used to tell my people that whenever they complained that this government was not doing enough, I just laughed. Every society deserves the kind of government it has. We are all a product of the society in which we have found ourselves. Do you know why I joined politics? It’s because I love my society. And it would be very difficult for me to build a better society without being involved. A lot of people see politics as a business (as a short way to wealth), whereas it is a service. What I’m saying in essence is that if you don’t participate in politics, you would allow charlatans to govern you. There is no way you can change a society without being in governance. And to do that, you must come to the grassroots. Being conferred with a chieftaincy title is a call to service.

Today, Oba Adewunmi Ogunleye Afogunlanafade, Towolade of Akinale, Arole Oluwu is celebrating his 16th anniversary as part of the celebration. What is expected of you now that you have been conferred with the ‘Sarunmi Owu of Akinale’ title?

Firstly, I must say I’m very grateful to God and the Kabiyesi, Oba Adewunmi Ogunleye Afogunlanafade, Towolade of Akinale, Arole Oluwu, for the title ‘Sarunmi of Owu’. Although I am a politician, who is currently the Chairman of APC in Eti-Osa Local Government, Lagos State, I’m the Aremo Itori. I see this as a clarion call to service back to base – and service not just to Akinale but to the Owu people. I may not come from this town but I’m from Owu. This town is part of the larger Owu Kingdom. Our territory extends even down to Lagos and Benin Republic.

In those days, in the time of war, Sarunmi was one of the leading warriors. The king said he was honouring me as the Sarunmi Owu of Akinale because I repaired the house of the gods in Okeowo. Although what I did was for the main town and not this town, by this title, I am drawn closer home. I am encouraged to do more.

And there’s no way you can help this town without helping other villages around. It is like saying:: “Segun this is your root: bring in investors: what you have done in other places come and do here”.

You are a Muslim title holder, traditionalist and a Christian, too, who is an ardent promoter of culture. How do you manage all that

In the Holy Quran, there are five sets of people that would enter the kingdom on the last day. They are the Jews, the people that believe in Torah; there are the followers of John the Baptist; the third sect are the Christians, those who believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ; the fourth people are the Muslim, who follow prophet Muhammed; the fifth sect are not Jews or the other three but they also believe in God. Who are they? They are the traditionalists. This is because when they are calling on their God, he answers them. See the Hindus or the Chinese, you say they are worshiping idols, yet they are advancing. Sadly, in Africa where we have lots of religious people, there is no development. Ironically, the Arabs who are also Muslims are advancing. Well, I think it is because of colonialism.

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You are also currently an Aremo. What has been your experience as a chief?

It has brought about a lot of knowledge acquisition, and connection. Before I became an Aremo, I never knew that the Lagos State Attorney-General is from this town. The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly is from this area and so is the current Lagos State Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat. It connects you with dignitaries. Also, it brings about commitment. The essence of living is giving back to society. This is because if you don’t train your people, it will affect your children later on. They will fight back. You must always help your people to reduce crime and enhance development.

When you were growing up, which book were you fond of?

While I was in primary through the secondary school, I always loved to read. My favourite author was James Hadley Chase, an English writer.

Which of Chase’s books was your favorite?

So many of them because I read a lot of them. But in fact, there was a particular one I have not forgotten about. It was the one Chase’s book that mentioned the Biafra war. Yes, there is one that touched on it. I also read the likes of Eze goes to school. I have the series. Then, the writer that really shaped my worldview was Walter Rodney with his book on How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. That is where I got to know that the kind of education they are giving us is for underdevelopment not for development. Take a look at our engineering students. All they are armed with is theory. They are not relevant to their society. That is the kind of education they gave us.

Which of the current day politicians has inspired you?

Well, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu are few of my role models.

What shaped your philosophy in life?


Who was your role model?

Leon Trotsky – Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known as Leon Trotsky, was a Ukrainian-Russian Marxist revolutionary, political theorist and politician. Ideologically a communist, he developed a variant of Marxism which has become known as Trotskyism.

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5 reassurances your girlfriend needs to hear regularly



5 reassurances your girlfriend needs to hear regularly

5 reassurances your girlfriend needs to hear regularly.

Everyone, and more especially women want to be certain that they are the only one except, of course, those that willingly became side chicks.

Even at that, everyone still wants to be sure the terms on which they entered into the relationship/situationship has not changed. People want to feel special not just at the beginning but for the entire duration of the relationship – a duration which is often hoped would be endless.

So how exactly does one give assurance to his girlfriend or the woman in his life?

1. Assure her that she’s the only one

Look her in the eye, tell her she’s the only one. Hold her face in your hands as you say so. Be close enough for the timbre of your voice to create gentle echoes in her heart and spread into every tiny bit of her consciousness.

She needs to be reassured that despite how rough life can get sometimes, she’s still the one you with whom you want to find calmness, the one with whom, and in whose arms you want to enjoy *-the peace and tranquillity that always comes after the storm.

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And mean it every time you say it.

2. Reassure her that she’s beautiful

Yes, her beauty drew you in. The alignment of her eyes and nose and lips and the way her smile lit something inside you and made your heart skip like a lamb… it all made you die for her. And it wasn’t until you got her that you felt alive again.

Never let her forget this. You need to always reassure her that she’s still beautiful, that time has not put a film too thick in your eyes to stop you from seeing how pretty she is.

The problem is that guys often forget this. They often become numb to the beauty their babes are. Don’t be that guy who forgets to melt at the terrific beauty he’s been blessed with. Always remind yourself of how lucky you are and let her know about it. Other guys may say it, but she needs it for you.

3. Assure her with gifts

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Ok. You may think I do not have ₦30Billion in your account but you actually do not need a Porsche before to impress your girl.

Little gifts, grand gifts, everyone you give within your means to please your girl are assurances that you have her in your mind and that she’s special.

Don’t ever forget to keep assuring her.

4. Reassure her of the future

She wants to be sure that this is not just about the here and now.

Sure, everyone wants to live in the moment and it’s good to not overthink things, but she also needs reassurances that the future is secure and she’s not just wasting her today with you.

5. Show it

Acts of love and service to her are reassuring enough, too, without having to say a word.

For every action that confirms your love to her, never hesitate to do them. The goal is to never let her forget, to never let things get into doubt.

Run relentlessly with that goal.

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3 Things That Can Make Your Sperm Watery.



3 Things That Can Make Your Sperm Watery.

The male gamete is typically a thick, white fluid, but it can differ in colour and consistency. Watery male gamete can happen due to low male gamete count, lifestyle factors, and nutritional deficiencies.

According to “Healthline”, they are many factors that may make the male gamete watery. Some of these causes can be treatable.

Some of the causes of watery male gamete include.

1. Zinc deficiency

One of the things that can cause a watery male gamete is a zinc deficiency. Studies have revealed that men who have an adequate amount of zinc or men who have zinc deficiency and take zinc sulfate supplements can better fight off the impacts of anti-male gamete antibodies. These antibodies are made by the immune system, which mistakenly reacts to male gamete as a foreign body.

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2. Frequent ejaculation

Frequent ejaculation may also result in the production of a watery male gamete. If you stimulate yourself intimately several times a day, the quality of male gamete after the first male gamete release is likely to become thin and watery. Your body may need at least a few hours to make a normal, healthy amount of male gamete.

3. Pre-male reproductive cell release

If you have a male gamete that looks watery, it’s essential to note if some colour is present or if it’s clear. A very clear male gamete may be the male gamete that’s released during foreplay. It normally contains few male gametes.

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