Opposition Member of Parliament for Zebilla Constituency of the Upper East Region, Hon. Cletus Apul Avoka has revealed for the first time his smoking habit and how he gave up the lifestyle some thirty-six (36) years ago.
According to the NDC lawmaker, he could smoke three packets of cigarette in a single day after he copied the habit from people whom he associated himself with in his youthful days. His smoking habit he says started not long after he completed his degree course at the University of Ghana in Accra.
Mr. Avoka however, revealed that he only gave up the smoking after he took an ailing friend of his to the hospital where he was diagnosed of Tuberculosis and vigorously cautioned against smoking.
“… you go to any renowned doctor, he will tell you…don’t do this but do in moderation, do it the little that you can but don’t go in excesses and i think that has been my guiding principle. When i was a very young man, i could smoke three packets of cigarettes a day.”
“So it was after i left university…peer group…there i took the habit of smoking but that didn’t last long.”
“As far back as 1985, i encountered a friend who was not well and when we sent him to the hospital, the doctor said it was TB because of smoking…that was the day i put my cigarettes lighter and cigarette in the dustbin. …So that day, i just put my lighter away, my cigarette away and i said no to smoking.”
Hon. Avoka made all these known when he was speaking in an exclusive interview with Samuel Mbura on Bolgatanga-based A1 Radio monitored by GhanaVanguard.com.
Hon. Cletus Avoka was the MP for Zebilla Constituency until in 2004 when he lost the seat to Mr. John Akparibo Ndebugre of the People’s National Convention (PNC).
In 2008, Mr. Avoka reclaimed the seat and lost it again in 2016 to Mr. Frank Fuseini Adongo of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) who won the seat for the first time and lost it in the just ended 2020 elections.