Mar 19, 2009
Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria for their extreme efforts in monitoring tobacco companies.
Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA) received an award this year from the 2009 Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control at the 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Mumbai, India. The group was applauded for monitoring and publicizing tobacco industry activities intended to increase tobacco use and undermine tobacco control efforts.
ERA has extensively monitored and exposed the marketing activities of the tobacco industry. They have faced the industry's numerous attempts to undermine tobacco control policies in Nigeria head-on by exposing the front groups used by the industry to carry out its activities. Furthermore, they have highlighted unfair practices towards tobacco farmers and indifference to child labor.
The award for excellence in monitoring was accepted by Mr. Akinbode Oluwafemi, Programme Manager, ERA.
"Sadly, Africa is the newest frontier for tobacco companies," Mr. Oluwafemi said.
"Tobacco companies have mapped out the tender lungs of our youth and women as enormous profit opportunities. This is what ERA is dedicated to resisting."