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April 2021

Cambodia: Tobacco tie-up ban for educational institutions

The Ministry of Education has issued a directive to all public and private educational institutions nationwide that they are not allowed to partner with or receive support from the tobacco industry for any of their programmes and activities. In a directive signed by the Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron and viewed by Khmer Times...

USA: Groups renew effort to have certain tobacco products banned

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s a growing effort to ban menthol cigarettes, which anti-smoking advocates said are intentionally marketed to children and minority communities. More than a dozen organizations first signed a petition to have menthol cigarettes banned in 2013. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is under a court order to respond to that push after...

UK: Defra considers charging tobacco industry for cigarette litter

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced today (30 March) that it will be considering measures to enforce fees for tobacco companies to pay for the litter created by cigarettes. Such measures would require the tobacco industry to pay the full disposal costs of tobacco waste products as part of a regulatory extended...

New Zealand: Cancer Society petition calls for significant reduction of tobacco retailers

Today the Cancer Society is launching a petition calling for a significant reduction in the number of shops able to sell tobacco. Cancer Society Chief Executive Lucy Elwood says New Zealand will not reach its Smokefree 2025 goal without legislation to greatly limit the availability of the most harmful consumer product in history. “Tobacco kills about...

[OPINION] The tragic irony of defending the tobacco industry amid a pandemic

'If the history of the tobacco industry teaches us anything, it is that it cannot be an ally and it cannot be part of the solution, because its interests are diametrically opposed to public health' On March 21, a draft administrative order (AO) barring companies in conflict with public health, like tobacco and alcohol companies,...

Turkey renews free treatment scheme helping smokers quit

A new presidential decree signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s most prominent anti-smoking activist, on Thursday, offers free medication for people trying to quit smoking. The decree is actually a new chapter in a program that was launched a decade ago and involves an array of medications to help people quit tobacco products,...

March 2021

L’Afrique doit se mobiliser pour arrêter l’industrie du tabac qui exploite le COVID 19 pour développer ses affaires

Déclaration de Sessou Léonce, Secrétaire Exécutif, Alliance pour le Contrôle du Tabac en Afrique (ACTA) Lomé, 20 avril 2020 En cette période difficile où le monde lutte pour faire face à la pandémie de la maladie à corona virus (COVID-19), la communauté africaine de lutte antitabac a constaté avec consternation que les multinationales du tabac profitent...

Kenya: BAT rejects Health ministry’s guide on nicotine pouches

British American Tobacco (BAT) has lamented plans by Kenya’s Health ministry to classify its nicotine pouches as tobacco products regulated under the tobacco control law. The Health ministry in early February ruled the sale and distribution of BAT nicotine pouches, trading under Lyft brand, be done under the Tobacco Control Act —a move that would...