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Nigeria: Young student-smokers

Editorial We commend Ogun State’s actions to check the trend; others should follow It is commendable that the Ogun State government, disturbed by the prevalence of smoking among secondary school students in the state, has intensified its campaign against drug abuse and cigarette smoking. Commissioner for Health Dr Tomi Coker highlighted the state’s fight against smoking at...

Nigeria: Tobacco And The Entertainment Industry

All the stakeholders must do more to tackle the menace of smoking The recent call by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) for an end to using smoking scenes in movies, music video and other aspects of the entertainment industry, is one we wholeheartedly endorse. According to...

Germany approves tobacco and e-cigarette tax hike

Smokers - of both electronic cigarettes and the regular variety - will have to reach deeper into their pockets in the coming year, after the German Bundestag signed off a bill to raise taxes on cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco heaters.  Smoking in Germany to get more expensive in 2022 On Friday morning, the Bundestag waved through...

China: Reporting system launched in Shanghai to encourage residents to participate in tobacco control

With big data technology, people in Shanghai are encouraged to participate in tobacco control and build a smoke-free city via a reporting system launched in Shanghai on Monday. Shanghai residents can now report problems related to tobacco control in public venues including office buildings, shopping malls and dining places with the launch of the "tobacco...

Jamaica: Work On Tobacco Control Bill Progressing Well

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the work of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Tobacco Control Bill is progressing well. The Minister told JIS News that he has seen “progress” in the submissions from several interest groups and that the manufacturing company, Carreras Group, is scheduled to...

UK: MPs urge for stricter tobacco regulations

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health is seeking stricter tobacco regulations against what it believes to be a “tobacco epidemic”. The MPs are calling for the age of sale on cigarettes to rise from 18 to 21 by 2030. They hope by raising the age, it will reduce the amount of young...

Global campaigners call on tobacco industry to combat child labor

The tobacco industry should be at the forefront of ending child labor across its supply chains to help secure rights, dignity and holistic growth of minors, campaigners said Monday. Speaking at a virtual briefing, the international campaigners and experts said the use of child labor in cultivation and manufacture of tobacco products is a threat...

Mauritius: New Tobacco Cessation Clinic inaugurated in Black River

GIS – 31 May 2021: A new Tobacco Cessation Clinic was inaugurated, today, at Dr Yves Cantin Community Hospital in Black River, by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal, in the context of World No Tobacco Day 2021. The theme for this year is Commit to quit. A video clip and...

Kenya: Experts welcome move to tax nicotine pouches

In the budget statement on June 10, 2021, Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Ukur Yatani noted that innovations in the  tobacco industry have led to the introduction of new nicotine delivery products,  such as Lyft. Yatani said: “These new products do not fall in the classification of tobacco  products existing in the Excise Duty Act...

New Tobacco Legislations aim to decrease use of tobacco products in Mauritius

GIS – 24 May 2021: Our mission is to promote quality healthcare and ensure the wellness of all our citizens, particularly our youngsters, who are the main targets of the tobacco industry, said the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal, this morning, at the seat of his Ministry in Port Louis. ...