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Tax increases combined with tobacco control measures can help achieve Healthy People 2030 goal

The US will miss its 5% smoking prevalence target by 2030, known as Healthy People 2030, without hiking taxes on cigarettes, finds an analysis published online in the journal Tobacco Control. Only 5 states and the District of Columbia (DC) are on track to meet this goal; the other 45 states will need to raise excise...

Tobacco use continues to fall, but still ‘long way to go’

The number of tobacco users continues to decrease globally, going from 1.32 billion in 2015 to 1.30 billion last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said onTuesday. And according to the fourth WHO global tobacco trends report, that number is expected to continue to drop to 1.27 billion by 2025. Sixty countries are now on track to achieving the voluntary global target of a 30% per cent reduction by 2025, an increase from two years ago, when only 32 countries...

Study: Tobacco industry using Facebook to dodge rules, facilitate bidi sales

NEW DELHI: Facebook hosts at least 30 distinct pages for bidi companies, and many of these companies are utilising the social media platform to facilitate sales, according to a report released on Wednesday. The report titled "Selling Death on Social Media: How Bidis Are Reaching Consumers Online" from global public health organisation Vital Strategies details digital media...

New minimum price for cigarettes proposed for South Africa

British American Tobacco SA (BATSA), one of South Africa’s largest tobacco companies, has called on the government to introduce a new minimum price for cigarettes in the country. In a statement on Wednesday (10 November), BATSA said that a new floor price will help combat illegal suppliers and improve tax collection in the country. A survey by market...

Up in smoke: Will Biden let a patent fight eliminate an alternative to cigarettes?

President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda depends a lot on smokers and their compulsive habit. Smoking generates tax revenue — lots of it. Part of the theory is that high taxes, restrictions on advertising, research on the deleterious health effects of smoking, and the cultural stigma surrounding smoking will wean Americans off tobacco, but too...

At the other COP, countries eye an investment fund for tobacco control

At the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, or COP 9, countries have adopted a proposal to set up an investment fund that would help generate additional resources for tobacco control. The proposed investment fund aims to raise $50 million, mainly from governments, and...

Ban sale of single stick cigarette, make tobacco products expensive — VALD to government

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) has reiterated its call to government of Ghana to ban the sale of single-stick cigarette in the country. It wants government to also make tobacco products very expensive to curb its usage. According to Mr. Labram Musah who is Executive Director at VALD, the sale of cigarette in single stick...

Industry interference major challenge to effective tobacco control-CAPPA

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), on Thursday, declared that tobacco industry interference remains a major challenge to effective tobacco control in Nigeria and Africa. CAPPA alerted that the tobacco industry’s meddlesomeness with governments’ health policies was endangering regulatory efforts in clear contravention of the National Tobacco Control Act, 2015, and the National...

New report exposes Zimbabwe as biggest pawn of Big Tobacco

On the first day of virtual tobacco treaty talks, Zimbabwe joined a small cadre of countries in delaying meaningful negotiations. Its actions come weeks after a new report found Zimbabwe to be the worst country on the continent in safeguarding public policy from tobacco industry interference. The Zimbabwe delegation raised a range of questions and procedural...

Kenya, Uganda rank top globally in enacting tobacco control measures

Summary The index by STOP — the global tobacco industry watchdog — shows that regionally, Uganda took fifth position while Kenya came nineth. A total of 31 countries registered a deterioration in the index partly due to the fact that many governments were short of public health resources during the pandemic, which forced them...