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Tobacco taxes could reduce cigarette use

In the context of declining tobacco use at the global level, sub-Saharan Africa is positioned to experience a tobacco epidemic. This is as a result of fast economic and population growth, coupled with intensive marketing efforts by the tobacco industry. Increasing the excise tax on tobacco products can serve as a powerful tool for reducing...

EU tobacco taxation: The fine line between killing smoking and illicit trade

The European Union’s plans to further increase tobacco taxation and reduce declining smoking rates across the bloc have pleased public health advocates, but the industry warns that tax revenues may be disrupted by the rise of illicit markets that flourish when taxes are high. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco taxation is an...

Big tobacco tries to stop California flavored tobacco ban

R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies filed a request Tuesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to impose an emergency order to stop California from enforcing a ban on flavored tobacco products that was overwhelmingly approved by voters earlier this month. The ban was first passed by the state legislature two years ago but it never...

Nairobi MCAs want Sakaja to shut down ‘shisha’ smoking places

In Summary Westlands, Kileleshwa, Lavington, Kilimani, South C and Lang'ata are some of the areas listed by MCAs to be selling the product. Shisha is a glass-bottomed water pipe in which fruit-flavoured tobacco is covered with foil and roasted with charcoal. Westlands, Kileleshwa, Lavington, Kilimani, South C and Lang'ata are some of the areas listed...

Tobacco total ban looms in West Nile

The residents and local leaders in Arua district have asked the government to consider imposing a total ban on Tobacco in the country. The call was made during an orientation meeting for councilors and journalists of Arua district on enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act 2015. The meeting was organized by the officials from the department...

FCCPC mandates tobacco products to carry graphic health warnings

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, FCCPC in a surprise enforcement exercise across the city of Kano has threatened a total clamp down on business outlets selling tobacco products without graphic health warnings. The graphic health warning is a policy in the National Tobacco Control Act that was enacted in 2015 and requires that...

Smoking 3 sticks of cigarette reduces life by 24 hrs – Health expert

‘Smokers are liable to die young’ – This was Prof. Olatunji Aina’s submission as a  keynote speaker at Vanguard’s 2nd Mental Health Summit that held on Thursday in Lagos. The summit themed: “Mental Health in a Distressed Economy – Drug Abuse: A New Force Driving Mental Health Crises in Nigeria” brought together health experts to...

CSO calls for review of tobacco control laws in Ghana

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a civil society organisation has called for a review of the Ghana’s current tobacco control laws to a comprehensive Smoke-free law by eliminating the designated smoking areas from the regulations. It also urged for the review of the present tax regime from Ad-valerom to Specific tax, stating that increases...

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