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Statement – World No Tobacco Day 2024

Statement of Leonce Dieudonne SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) For immediate release Lomé, May 31, 2024 - Every year, on May 31, the global community comes together to highlight the dangers of tobacco and the measures needed to protect our communities from this scourge that devastates our population, especially our youth....

Professor Bontle Mbongwe Receives the WHO Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion

We are pleased to announce that Professor Bontle Mbongwe, a renowned public health advocate and passionate anti-tobacco activist, has been honored with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion. This prestigious award recognizes her outstanding contributions to public health, both at country and global levels. Professor Bontle Mbongwe, is Associate Professor...

Announcement of Winners of the Africa Tobacco Control Media Awards 2024

The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 edition of the Africa Tobacco Control Media Awards. This annual competition aims to encourage journalists across the continent to produce impactful and informative media works on tobacco control. The Africa Tobacco Control Media Awards recognize the best media productions that...

ATCA Congratulates Nigeria For Historic Measures Regulating Tobacco and Tobacco Products in the Entertainment Media

Statement of Leonce Dieudonne SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) For immediate release Lome, 27 May 2024 - The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) congratulates the government and people of Nigeria for its historic new measures prohibiting the promotion and glamorisation of tobacco and tobacco products in its film and music industry. ATCA...

African Tobacco Control Alliance Backs Nigeria’s”Historic” Smoking Regulations in Nollywood, Music Industry

Says Regulations are “the first of its kind in Africa and the second in the world after India” The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has congratulated Nigeria for its “historic” new measures prohibiting the promotion and glamorisation of tobacco and tobacco products in its film and music industry. ATCA’s Executive Secretary Leonce Dieudonne SESSOU, in a...

African Tobacco Control Alliance Supports Nigeria’s “Historic” Smoking Regulations in Nollywood, Music Industry

The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has congratulated Nigeria for its “historic” new measures prohibiting the promotion and glamorisation of tobacco and tobacco products in its film and music industry. ATCA’s Executive Secretary Leonce Dieudonne SESSOU, in a statement dated Monday, May 27, but issued on Tuesday, said that the regulation, announced by the Nigerian...

Report: Tobacco industry uses manipulative practices to hook young people on addictive products

GENEVA — The World Health Organization and STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog, warn the tobacco industry is using a variety of manipulative tactics to hook a new generation of young people into becoming users of their addictive, toxic tobacco and nicotine products for life. “The terrible truth is that eight million people every year...

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