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Tax Justice SA calls on Sars to act urgently as illicit cigarettes flood market

Pretoria – Tax Justice SA (TJSA) is calling on all tobacco firms in South Africa to sign up to its new charter aimed at defeating the rampant illicit cigarette trade, which is robbing the country of billions of rand. Following the release of its “explosive” undercover investigation detailing widespread tax evasion in the industry, TJSA...

In the tobacco epidemic, the ‘virus’ is the tobacco industry

The tobacco industry continues its efforts to undermine public health efforts of the government so that they can get more and more users of the products. This must be stopped. The ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the WHO FCTC (World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) started with the message that 'the...

Tobacco use falling: WHO urges countries to invest in helping more people to quit tobacco

The fourth WHO global tobacco trends report released today, shows that there are 1.30 billion tobacco users globally compared to 1.32 billion in 2015. This number is expected to drop to 1.27 billion by 2025. Sixty countries are now on track to achieving the voluntary global target of a 30% reduction in tobacco use between...

WHO Needs Reduction To Escape Unsuccessful “Quit or Die” Tobacco Strategy

Tobacco kills roughly eight million people around the world every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has long aimed for complete eradication of the substance, calling it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.” This month’s ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the WHO Framework Convention on...

Tobacco use declines in South-East Asia

Commending countries, including Nepal, in the World Health Organisation South- East Asia for achieving steep decline in tobacco use, the WHO on Thursday said persistent and concerted efforts over the years, which have continued despite the pandemic, must be sustained and scaled up further to rid the region of the scourge of tobacco. "Sustained political...

WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025, fourth edition

Overview Progress in reducing tobacco use is a key indicator for measuring countries’ efforts to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – target 3.a under the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. Countries have adopted this indicator to report progress also towards the tobacco reduction target under the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and...