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Botswana: Mbongwe – Sheer will to win the fight against tobacco use

It is not everyday that you meet someone whose commitment to a cause is never unshaken. Often times, people start something, then get derailed along the way and shift focus. However, that has never been the case for Ramotswa-born Professor Bontle Mbongwe, whose commitment to fight tobacco use is unrivalled. She has lost many of...

146 million Africans die yearly from tobacco-related diseases: WHO

The World Health Organisation has revealed that no fewer than 146 million Africans die annually from tobacco-related diseases. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said this on Thursday during a virtual press conference. Moeti said tobacco was the leading cause of preventable deaths in the world, emphasized that “smoking damages nearly every organ...

Bangladesh: Tobacco tax — for better public health or tobacco companies’ profitability?

The finance minister proposed a mega budget on the eve of the golden jubilee of independence of the country. Even though the budget offers some good features including increasing coverage of safety-net, reduction in corporate tax to boost industrial growth, ten years' tax holiday for establishing hospitals outside of big cities to incentivise decentralisation...

Nigeria: Young student-smokers

Editorial We commend Ogun State’s actions to check the trend; others should follow It is commendable that the Ogun State government, disturbed by the prevalence of smoking among secondary school students in the state, has intensified its campaign against drug abuse and cigarette smoking. Commissioner for Health Dr Tomi Coker highlighted the state’s fight against smoking at...

Nigeria: Tobacco And The Entertainment Industry

All the stakeholders must do more to tackle the menace of smoking The recent call by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) for an end to using smoking scenes in movies, music video and other aspects of the entertainment industry, is one we wholeheartedly endorse. According to...

Germany approves tobacco and e-cigarette tax hike

Smokers - of both electronic cigarettes and the regular variety - will have to reach deeper into their pockets in the coming year, after the German Bundestag signed off a bill to raise taxes on cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco heaters.  Smoking in Germany to get more expensive in 2022 On Friday morning, the Bundestag waved through...