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WHO-FCTC PRAISES ACTA’s 15-YEARS OF SUPPORT TO WHO-AFRO PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION

January 9, 2024 Panama City, Panama The World Health Organisation-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) Secretariat has hailed the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) for it's 15 years of consistent support to the AFRO region parties and advocating for the adoption and implementation of tobacco control legislations. Head of the FCTC Secretariat Adriana Blanco expressed her gratitude...

Tobacco Industry Interference: Nigeria Slips in 2023 Ratings

A new report on the state of the tobacco industry interference in Nigeria has revealed a marked increase in the industry’s meddling in public health policies, in particular, tobacco control measures. Sunday Ehigiator reports Nigeria ratified the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s (WHO FCTC) Article 5.3 guidelines on 20 October 2005, and...

Nigeria, second highest contributor to $26bn cigarette butt pollution – Report

Nigeria is Africa’s second highest contributor to the US$26bn global costs of environmental pollution caused by plastics in cigarette butts and packaging every year. This is according to data analysed by the African Tobacco Control Alliance. The ATCA’s conclusion, as contained in its statement dated December 6, followed its analysis of research findings by the Global...

South Africa, Nigeria Top List Of African Countries Contributing To $26Billion Annual Tobacco-related Plastic Pollution Cost

The other African countries are South Africa, Sudan, Mozambique, Kenya and Ethiopia. Nigeria and five other African countries have been listed as major contributors to environmental pollution caused by plastics in cigarette butts and packaging globally. This is contained in a press statement released by the African Tobacco Control Alliance, stating that the economic cost of...

E-cigarettes: France backs bill to ban disposable vapes

The French parliament has voted unanimously to ban single-use e-cigarettes, known locally as "puffs", amid health and environmental concerns. It still needs backing from France's Senate and clearance from the EU Commission before it becomes law. If both approve the bill, the government said it hopes the ban will be effective by September 2024. Several other countries...

Urgent action needed to protect children and prevent the uptake of e-cigarettes

Urgent action is needed to control e-cigarettes to protect children, as well as non-smokers and minimize health harms to the population. E-cigarettes as consumer products are not shown to be effective for quitting tobacco use at the population level. Instead, alarming evidence has emerged on adverse population health effects. E-cigarettes have been allowed on the...

Plastic Pollution From Cigarette Butts To Cost $186b in 10 Years, Says Report

The costs of environmental pollution caused by plastics in cigarette butts and packaging amount to an estimated US$26 billion every year or US$186billion every 10 years-adjusted for inflation-in waste management and marine ecosystem damage worldwide. Data analysis from the Global Centre for Good Governance in Tobacco Control published online in the journal of Tobacco Control...

‘Toxic ticking time bomb’: plastic pollution from cigarettes costs US$26 billion a year, study finds

China, the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer, estimated to contribute around 20 per cent of the global cost Researcher calls for immediate ban on cigarette butts, describing them as a ‘problematic and avoidable single-use plastic’ Plastic pollution from cigarette butts and packaging costs an estimated US$26 billion a year worldwide in terms of...

Tourists in France could be fined for smoking in public: Where else has strict laws on lighting up?

The country has just introduced a ban on smoking in some public areas as part of a comprehensive anti-tobacco plan. France has announced it is banning smoking on beaches as part of a wider campaign to help people quit. By the first half of 2024, the four-year 'plan anti-tabac' will also see lighting up prohibited outside...

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