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Smokers up to 80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid, study says

Data also finds smokers more likely to die from disease compared with those who have never smoked. Smokers are 60%-80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and also more likely to die from the disease, data suggests. A study, which pooled observational and genetic data on smoking and Covid-19 to strengthen the evidence base,...

Profit At All Cost: The Sins Of The Tobacco Industry In Africa

“As countries step up efforts to strengthen their tobacco control measures, the tobacco industry is also intensifying its interference.” – Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020. Sandisiwe Kela started smoking when she was 15, and by age 18, she smoked every day. As a curious kid, she could only fight the urge to try out...

Tobacco industry’s interference unstoppable as officials sleep on the job, a new report claims

The government is not doing enough to stop the tobacco industry interfering with policy, the 2021 Tobacco Industry Interference Index Report for SA has claimed. The report states that several government departments have partnered unchecked with the tobacco industry. The index, which is an annual review of how governments protect public health policies from tobacco industry...

BAT accused of undue influence to undermine tobacco control efforts

Summary Watchdog says BAT gave cash and cars to dozens of politicians, civil servants, journalists as well as people working at competitor companies to help influence and secure health policies that favour their business activities in key African countries. The whistleblower documents connected to BAT’s questionable dealings in East and Central Africa revealed evidence...

Hike tobacco excise tax – WHO

 The government should consider increasing excise taxes on tobacco products to at least 75 percent of the average retail price to generate additional revenue for COVID-19 measures. Jeremias Paul Jr., a former undersecretary at the Department of Finance who now leads the World Health Organization (WHO)’s fiscal policy unit, said raising tobacco taxes would also...

Malaysia: Reducing the harm of tobacco for real

Once upon a time, menthol cigarettes were regularly (but falsely) marketed by its makers as a less harsh and less harmful alternative to “normal” cigarettes. Menthol is a compound that has a minty cooling effect when added to cigarettes. It also has the additional advantage of blocking pain receptors in the mouth and throat. Instead of being...