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July 2022

One in 10 African adolescents still uses tobacco, says WHO

The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo said one in every 10 African adolescents still use tobacco despite 24 African countries instituting bans on smoking in public places. The global health agency also noted that while 35 African countries have banned tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, the continent continues to have...

Barcelona bans bad fumes on its beaches, no smoking on sand or in sea

Barcelona City Council last week approved a total ban on smoking on the city’s beaches, which has been in force since Monday, July 25 Smoking will only be allowed in areas where there are beach bars or restaurants, but not on the sand or in the sea, according to Antena 3. Smoking is prohibited both on the...

Tobacco generational endgame revised to those born after 2007 [Updated]

KUALA LUMPUR: The tobacco generational endgame (GEG) law will apply to those born after 2007, and not 2005. Initially, the GEG, otherwise known as the Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill, contained a clause to ban smoking and prohibit the ownership of tobacco and vape products by those born after 2005. However, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said...

Is it possible to reduce tobacco use in Bangladesh?

For a long time to come, the country may have to continue external borrowings, just to retire or service old external debts and to keep bare minimum forex reserves. DHAKA – Reducing tobacco use is highly challenging in a country like Bangladesh, where there is widespread use of different forms of tobacco among men, women and...

New Zealand’s ‘tobacco endgame’ law will be a world first for health – here’s what the modelling shows us

With the first reading of a new bill in parliament today, Aotearoa New Zealand’s plan to be smokefree by 2025 takes another tangible step forward. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill will now go to the Health Select Committee for submissions and review, and (presumably) return to the House in late 2022 to...

FDA must end sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution and marketing of tobacco products containing nicotine from any source. The FDA proposal to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars will save thousands of lives each and every year in the future. Nicotine is an insecticide and is the...

Shisha: The Irresistable Lethal Killer Wrapped In Flavour

Well flavoured with molasses sugar or fruit like apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, strawberry, which makes the smoke more aromatic than cigarette smoke, but the dangers of smoking shisha is increasing by the day, as more teenagers descend into the cesspool of the addiction, TUNDE OGUNTOLA writes. Just a few months ago, five female students...