The IDPs of Tse-Yandev camp Benue State North-central Nigeria smoke after being exposed to a heavy downpour, this because it is the only way that they feel they can forget their worries and in some cases, ward off suicidal thoughts.
The Internally Displaced Persons North-central Nigeria, have complained that their tents can protect them from the sun but not the rain.
Gizan Toma, 84, sits in her tent, her eyes picking up objects around her. She is pale yet eager to light a stick of the cigarette pack in her hand. Her lighter fails to work because it was beaten by the rain. Instead, she waits for Vialumun, another woman in the camp, to bring her own lighter.
The 80 years old woman Perluve said that she smokes because it helps her not to think too much.
Mama Victoria Akumbu, the 67 years old woman said that they left Mbaguen in Guma Local Government Area after several attacks on the community. She consume three stick of a wrapped local cigarette containing unprocessed tobacco in thirty minutes.
Bio Med Central Public Health Reported that “Smoking is a leading cause of preventable deaths and morbidity, linked to high burden of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischemic heart diseases and stroke.
According to the 2003 World Health Organisation Framework convention on Tobacco Control, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and has one of the leading tobacco markets in Africa, with over 18 billion cigarettes sold annually costing Nigerians over US$ 931 million.
WHO also estimated about 13 million smokers in Nigeria in 2012, with over 16,000 deaths attributable to smoke.