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March 2021

Tobacco Control is Key to Eliminate TB by 2025

Though COVID-19, barely more than a year old, may be the defining global health crisis of this century, an ancient infectious disease—tuberculosis—has been steadily killing humans for centuries, if not longer. In 2019 alone, 10 million people developed tuberculosis and 1.4 million people died from the disease—many of whom were in India, the country...

Children exposed to tobacco smoke use more emergent health services

Tobacco smoke-exposed children utilize emergency and urgent care services more often than unexposed children, which contributes to a large toll on the nation's health care system, says research led by the University of Cincinnati. The study, recently published in the journal PLOS ONE, concluded: Children who are exposed to tobacco smoke have higher pediatric...

European Court: Hungary Failing to Comply with Tobacco Excise Tax Hike

Hungary has failed to comply with European Union regulations by keeping the excise tax on tobacco products below the required threshold, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said on Thursday. The European Commission turned to the CJEU in October 2019 with the complaint that Hungary had failed to gradually raise the excise...

Big Tobacco ploughing crooked furrow in African markets

Two troubling recent investigations from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have shone a fresh spotlight on the tobacco industry’s continued complicity in tobacco smuggling in Africa. The first highlighted how Philip Morris (PMI)’s representative in Burkina Faso, Apollinaire Compaoré, remains in the tobacco giant’s employ despite being well-known throughout the region...

South Korea: Experts Propose New Direction for Tobacco Control Policy in Korea at WEAI

SEOUL, South Korea--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 18, 2021-- New proposals with regards to Korea’s tobacco control policy have drawn international attention following its release at Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Virtual Conference, an internationally recognized economics conference, which is held for 3-days from March 17. New proposals with regards to Korea’s tobacco control policy have drawn international attention...

Big tobacco about to score big win in Ukraine, roll back excise tax

It has been 3.5 months since Ukraine’s government tripled the excise tax for heated tobacco products — it is now the same as the minimum tax for traditional cigarettes.  The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed this move. It was supposed to bring Hr 115.8 billion ($4.1 billion) to Ukraine’s budget by 2025, according to estimates...

BATN Foundation calls for entrepreneurship entries

The British America Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) has commenced the second season of its Farmers for the Future (F4F) project, which is aimed at empowering young agricultural entrepreneurs in Nigeria. The scheme provides opportunities for young and enthusiastic farmers with viable agri-business models that are in need of equity-free capital to access grants for their...

Why Nigeria must prepare for e-cigarettes addiction

Three Nigerian researchers have played a prominent role in a study on e-cigarettes epidemiology in South Africa, the result of which provides grounds for Nigeria to protect its youths from the health hazards of e-cigarette addiction, writes ROBERT EGBE. If you laugh easily, you will probably find the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s description of tobacco...