Masonry Full Width 100%

Check out our Latest News!

How the tobacco industry seized on the pandemic as an opportunity

To mark World Health Day, Croakey’s Melissa Sweet digs into a report investigating tobacco industry efforts to undermine public health regulations globally. Many of the report’s themes are relevant for other industries that harm health; its section on the “revolving door” between industry and government/policy makers brings to mind the fossil fuels sector. In the first...

Saudi Arabia bans selling tobacco to children and smoking around them

Saudi Arabia banned the sale of tobacco to teenagers under 18 years old and smoking in areas where children are present, state media reported this week. Importing and selling toys or candy made to look like cigarettes, or bear images that encourage children to smoke, has also been banned by law. Saudi parents welcomed the move,...

Jamaica: Proposals made for Tobacco Bill to limit public sector/business links

PROPOSED limitations on interaction between public bodies/personnel and tobacco products companies raised temperatures at yesterday's meeting of a joint select committee reviewing smoking regulations. The limitations included in Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) states: “In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco...

Will Big Tobacco’s History of Failed “Safer” Products Repeat Itself?

Tobacco companies are like chameleons, changing their outward-facing appearance to whatever it needs to be in order to survive. In the 1950s, when scientists first discovered a link between smoking and lung cancer, the tobacco industry realized that the truth about their deadly products could inspire people to quit. And in the eyes of...

US$ 1.4 trillion lost every year to tobacco use – New tobacco tax manual shows ways to save money and build back better after COVID-19

WHO’s new Technical Manual on Tobacco Tax Policy and Administration shows countries ways to cut down on over US$1.4 trillion in health expenditures and lost productivity due to tobacco use worldwide. Improved tobacco taxation policies can also be a key component of building back better after COVID-19, where countries need additional resources to respond and...

We can build a fairer, healthier Africa when we effectively tackle the maneuvers of the tobacco industry.

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) on the occasion of World Health Day 2021 Lomé, 07 April 2021 This year, World Health Day mandates us to reflect on measures to make the world fairer and healthier. TheWorld Health Organization notes that the world is currently an unequal one because “as COVID-19...

India: ‘Majority smokers against plan to ban sale of loose cigarettes’

They believe that this decision to reduce tobacco use may instead force smokers to buy full packs. New Delhi: An overwhelming majority of smokers do not support the proposal to ban the sale of loose cigarettes and designated smoking areas under the amendments in the law on cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to a...

Kenya: Health ministry asked to reject return of nicotine pouch Lyft to Kenyan market

The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance accused the Lyft manufacturer, BAT, of trying to amend laws to suit its 'highly addictive' narcotic product. The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance has asked the government to ensure the pouches are not allowed into the Kenyan market if the manufacturer is not ready to follow the...

Cambodia: Tobacco tie-up ban for educational institutions

The Ministry of Education has issued a directive to all public and private educational institutions nationwide that they are not allowed to partner with or receive support from the tobacco industry for any of their programmes and activities. In a directive signed by the Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron and viewed by Khmer Times...

USA: Groups renew effort to have certain tobacco products banned

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s a growing effort to ban menthol cigarettes, which anti-smoking advocates said are intentionally marketed to children and minority communities. More than a dozen organizations first signed a petition to have menthol cigarettes banned in 2013. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is under a court order to respond to that push after...