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Kenya: Authorities should take measures to protect the young generation from online marketing of tobacco products.

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) Lomé, 25 February 2021 An investigative report published by The Guardian reveals that British American Tobacco (BAT) is using influencers to promote its products online. The report exposes BAT's efforts to market its next generation products in Kenya, citing the East African country as one...

Area under tobacco cultivation in Africa rose over 3% in 6 yrs: WHO report

The number of tobacco users in the WHO African Region increased to 73 million in 2018 from 64 million adult users in 2000. Production of tobacco leaves shifted to developing countries from high-income countries, especially in Africa, in the last decade. The size of area under tobacco cultivation and the amount of tobacco leaf produced...

Spain: Barcelona to ban smoking on four of its beaches

Pilot scheme will operate from end of May to mid-September as part of city’s ongoing clean air drive. Barcelona is banning smoking on four of the city’s most popular beaches as part of its clean air policy. The ban complements moves to limit road traffic in an attempt to improve the city’s poor air quality and...

Pakistan: Demand For Increase In FED On Tobacco Products By 30%

Being a signatory to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco control (FCTC), Pakistan is ideally required to levy taxes of at least up to 75% of the retail price of cigarette packs. However, the current scenario says the opposite, stated by tobacco control activists in a press brief on Tuesday in Islamabad....

76% of India’s Students Exposed to Tobacco-related Ads. We Need to Back Govt on Tougher Laws

With the explosive growth of various mediums providing information and images that have become an intrinsic part of our everyday life, visuals and content promoting smoking and consumption of tobacco as well as tobacco products are being thrust upon us. In such a situation, the biggest challenge for a young nation like India is...

Nigeria: Experts seek enforcement of tobacco regulations

Experts in the health and economic sectors have called for strict enforcement of tobacco regulations and inclusion of anti-smoking campaign in school curriculums to check rising cases of tobacco-related diseases, especially among youths. They stated that the impact of mortality, morbidity and costs of smoking on the average Nigerian family still struggling to cross the...

Kenya: NGO Petitions Parliament To Review Age Of Tobacco Users To 21

NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 12 – A Non-Governmental Organization has petitioned Parliament to review the minimum legal age of smoking and access to tobacco products from the current 18 years to 21. In its legislative proposal, Tobacco Control Act Amendment Bill 2021, African Center for Corrective and Preventive Action said its enactment will boost Kenya’s fight...

Pakistan: Tobacco-prompted diseases cost $1.3 bn annually

Islamabad: A number of different diseases caused by tobacco products have turned out to be one of the major financial burdens on Pakistan’s public exchequer and personal income, with a $1.3 billion in annual health cost. This is revealed in a research study, “Health Implications of Smoking in Pakistan,” published by the Center for Global...

Sri Lanka: Protecting children and youth, the policymakers’ responsibility

Worldwide, tobacco products kill over 8,000,000 people every year. Tobacco use creates a significant economic burden on society at large. Higher direct health costs associated with tobacco-related disease, and higher indirect costs associated with premature loss of life, disability due to tobacco-related disease and productivity losses create significant negative externalities of tobacco use. Tobacco use devastates...

The Big Tobacco Allies – Report in Zambia

The Big Tobacco Allies – How tobacco companies use intermediaries to foster their corporate social responsibility initiatives and promote their image in Zambia. The Big Tobacco Allies, a report which exposes the use of intermediaries by tobacco multinationals for their benefit in Zambia, was launched on Friday 05 February 2021. The report, prepared by the...