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Spain: Barcelona to ban smoking on four of its beaches

Pilot scheme will operate from end of May to mid-September as part of city’s ongoing clean air drive. Barcelona is banning smoking on four of the city’s most popular beaches as part of its clean air policy. The ban complements moves to limit road traffic in an attempt to improve the city’s poor air quality and...

Pakistan: Demand For Increase In FED On Tobacco Products By 30%

Being a signatory to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco control (FCTC), Pakistan is ideally required to levy taxes of at least up to 75% of the retail price of cigarette packs. However, the current scenario says the opposite, stated by tobacco control activists in a press brief on Tuesday in Islamabad....

76% of India’s Students Exposed to Tobacco-related Ads. We Need to Back Govt on Tougher Laws

With the explosive growth of various mediums providing information and images that have become an intrinsic part of our everyday life, visuals and content promoting smoking and consumption of tobacco as well as tobacco products are being thrust upon us. In such a situation, the biggest challenge for a young nation like India is...

Nigeria: Experts seek enforcement of tobacco regulations

Experts in the health and economic sectors have called for strict enforcement of tobacco regulations and inclusion of anti-smoking campaign in school curriculums to check rising cases of tobacco-related diseases, especially among youths. They stated that the impact of mortality, morbidity and costs of smoking on the average Nigerian family still struggling to cross the...

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...