Sarkodie must apologize for publicizing cigar smoking on social media – CSOs request

The Ghana Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have expressed their disappointment in Sarkodie for publicizing smoking cigar via online media.

The Ghanaian rapper has been posting himself smoking cigars in late photographs that he has been sharing on his web-based media pages. Be that as it may, as per the CSOs, circling such pictures online is a ‘distasteful act.

In the statement issued by Mr Labram Musah, the Director of Programs of VALD, and National Coordinator, Ghana NCD Alliance, the CSOs are approaching Sarkodie to quit sharing such photographs and apologize for the bad act.

“We are also by this statement calling on the singer to render an apology to all Ghanaians, especially the youth, for such a distasteful act that has the propensity of changing behaviour of our youth from good to bad and pledge to support and promote the health and well-being of all,’’ the statement said.

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The official statement shared by GNA, implored showbiz characters, to take note of that Ghana’s Public Health (Act 851) under section Six, which discusses tobacco control measures, precludes tobacco publicizing, advancement and sponsorship, and furthermore boycotts its items in the amusement media.

“We expect Sarkodie to use his influence and his platforms positively to educate and instil good morals including healthy living in his followers and the public,” the statement said.

As indicated by the CSOs Ghana is as of now confronted with an expanded pace of shisha smoking among the adolescent in second-cycle and tertiary foundations, which adversely affected their prosperity, adding that a few nations had prohibited its utilization totally.

“We find the act by the two-time BET Award winner as unprofessional, unethical and unhealthy. The youth by virtue of their youthful exuberance and experimentations follow the paths of individuals they have idolized and such must not be led into deadly pits by these same idols…,” it said.

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It said tobacco use was one of the main preventable reasons for death on the planet, with most happening in low-and-centre pay nations, including Ghana. It is assessed that every year around 8,000,000 lives are lost to tobacco use, while 600,000 individuals are additionally killed by openness to tobacco smoke around the world.

“Smoking also increases the risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis and many more. Cost of treatment for these effects are very high, which sends majority to their early graves and leads families into abject poverty,” the statement said.

“Note that smokers have a high danger of contracting COVID-19 because of powerless resistant framework because of smoking.”

“Only a couple weeks prior, during the current year’s World No Tobacco Day celebration, the World Health Organization started a mission; ‘Resolve to Quit’ thus we discover this go about as a danger to this load of endeavors by benevolent individuals.” Sarkodie is yet to react to this assertion at the hour of this distribution.

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In other news, Sarkdie’s ‘No Pressure’ track list drops with features from Wale, Kwesi Arthur and more

Sarkodie has delivered the tracklist for his ‘No Pressure’ album which will have 15 tunes on it.

The music project which will be the rapper’s sixth studio album was at first planned for discharge on July 9, 2021, however he deferred it to 30th July. While the stand by, the tracklist has been delivered on Apple Music with no remark from King Sark.

The data on the music streaming stage shows that ‘No Pressure’ will have features from American rappers, Wale and Vic Mensa, U.K rapper Giggs, South African music star Cassper Nyovest, Tanzania’s Harmonize and Nigerian vocalist Oxlade.

Pulse Ghana


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