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Kenya: Elaborate On Dangers Of Smoking, Tobacco Manufacturers Told

Manufacturers of tobacco products have been castigated for not providing expressive messages, clearly indicating health dangers posed by smoking on their various advertisements and products. The Murang’a County Health Promotion Officer, Mr Danson Mwangi, said tobacco products should have an elaborate message spelling out dangers associated with smoking. Mwangi observed that the message, ‘Tobacco smoking is harmful...

South Africa: Sars custom officials seize and destroy illegal cigarettes valued at R2.4m

Customs officers of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) have announced that they have seized illegal cigarettes around Gauteng which amount to R2.4 million. In a statement Sars said 22 shops were raided in Kempton Park, Pretoria and Johannesburg. This was a joint operation between Sars Customs, the SAPS, the Department of Home Affairs and...

Nigeria: FG to increase tobacco tax as minister insists on strict enforcement

NHF, WHO tackle government over sales The ministries of Health as well as Finance, Budget and National Planning are working together to upwardly review taxes on tobacco in a bid to make the product unaffordable. This comes as the Federal government has warned the tobacco industry against the introduction of electronic smoking devices, which are falsely...

Nigeria: Abia under pressure to domesticate Tobacco Control Act

*As 16,000 die of tobacco-related diseases in Nigeria annually Abia State Government has come under intense pressure to domesticate the National Tobacco Control Act passed into law since 2015. A civil society group, Civil Society Legislative Advocay Centre, CISLAC, which is at the vanguard of the advocacy, visited the state where it had audience with top...

How to Combat Tobacco Usage in India

While cigarettes constitute a source of considerable revenue for the Indian government, it is also crucial to reduce the consumption of these “sin goods” preferably through increased taxation. On similar lines, the finance minister of India, while presenting the 2020-2021 budget, suggested an upsurge in the excise duty charged on cigarettes by raising the...

Government to introduce stricter anti-smoking rules for South Africa

The department of health is pushing forward on a draft bill in an effort to get more stringent anti-smoking laws passed. The department’s Lynn Moeng told EWN that the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill is currently in the pipeline, and that government is working as ‘fast as it can’ to have...

Zimbabwe: Farmers welcome tobacco transformation plan

Farmers have welcomed the Tobacco Transformation Plan, which is aimed at boosting production through local funding. Government instituted a tobacco value addition and transformation roadmap under the National Value Chain Tobacco Transformation Plan last week, which is aimed at localising tobacco financing and transforming the industry into a US$5 billion industry by 2025. The plan is...

Covid 19: How harm reduction advocates and the tobacco industry capitalised on the pandemic to promote nicotine

Scientific papers suggesting that smokers are less likely to fall ill with covid-19 are being discredited as links to the tobacco industry are revealed, report Stéphane Horel and Ties Keyzer In the early days of the pandemic, media outlets around the world reported that smokers seemed to be under-represented among patients seriously ill with covid-19...

Tobacco is a threat to a just and sustainable development

The EU is preparing a due diligence law by June 2021 to hold companies accountable for their impact on people and the planet. There is an urgent need to address the human rights violations, child labour, environmental impact, and disinformation of the tobacco industry, write Helen Stjerna, Farida Akhter, and Sonja von Eichborn. Helen Stjerna...

Kenya: State moves to stop growing nicotine addiction with new taxes

In Summary Nicotine is a highly addictive drug that obstructs the developing brain and many teenagers are unable to quit, the World Health Organisation says. The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance says because there is no age-verification system to curb illegal sale to minors, taxes are a welcome step. The government seeks to stop a growing...