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February 2021

Kenya: NGO Petitions Parliament To Review Age Of Tobacco Users To 21

NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 12 – A Non-Governmental Organization has petitioned Parliament to review the minimum legal age of smoking and access to tobacco products from the current 18 years to 21. In its legislative proposal, Tobacco Control Act Amendment Bill 2021, African Center for Corrective and Preventive Action said its enactment will boost Kenya’s fight...

Pakistan: Tobacco-prompted diseases cost $1.3 bn annually

Islamabad: A number of different diseases caused by tobacco products have turned out to be one of the major financial burdens on Pakistan’s public exchequer and personal income, with a $1.3 billion in annual health cost. This is revealed in a research study, “Health Implications of Smoking in Pakistan,” published by the Center for Global...

Sri Lanka: Protecting children and youth, the policymakers’ responsibility

Worldwide, tobacco products kill over 8,000,000 people every year. Tobacco use creates a significant economic burden on society at large. Higher direct health costs associated with tobacco-related disease, and higher indirect costs associated with premature loss of life, disability due to tobacco-related disease and productivity losses create significant negative externalities of tobacco use. Tobacco use devastates...

The Big Tobacco Allies – Report in Zambia

The Big Tobacco Allies – How tobacco companies use intermediaries to foster their corporate social responsibility initiatives and promote their image in Zambia. The Big Tobacco Allies, a report which exposes the use of intermediaries by tobacco multinationals for their benefit in Zambia, was launched on Friday 05 February 2021. The report, prepared by the...

India: Farmers’ body asks PM Modi to withdraw bill on cigarette, tobacco

Farmers' body asked PM Modi to recall the proposed bill to amend the law regarding cigarettes and other tobacco products. Farmers' body FAIFA on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to recall the proposed bill to amend the law regarding cigarettes and other tobacco products saying it will be a death knell for Indian tobacco...

OPINION | SA is bleeding revenue on the black market – and it’s avoidable

As Finance Minister Tito Mboweni prepares to deliver his annual Budget this month, how he must bemoan the fiscal crater carved out by South Africa’s illegal economy.  This shadowy world of illicit flows, black market trade and other nefarious tax dodging was estimated – at this time last year – to cost the fiscus R100...

Kenya: Lobby wants tobacco control laws enforced to curb rising burden of NCDs

A lobby has called on the government to come out and enforce tobacco control laws as a way of preventing the growing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in the country. The Tobacco Control Alliance has also demanded that the Tobacco Control Fund be operationalized so as to enhance tobacco control in the country.  KETCA chairman Joel Gitali...

Planet earth: another victim of the tobacco epidemic

We live in an interconnected world, a fact that has never been as clear as it is now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are very few issues that can be considered simply ‘health problems’, as nearly every aspect of life is connected to other societal, economic and environmental issues. That is why the 2030 Agenda...