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Tobacco industry’s interference unstoppable as officials sleep on the job, a new report claims

The government is not doing enough to stop the tobacco industry interfering with policy, the 2021 Tobacco Industry Interference Index Report for SA has claimed. The report states that several government departments have partnered unchecked with the tobacco industry. The index, which is an annual review of how governments protect public health policies from tobacco industry...

BAT accused of undue influence to undermine tobacco control efforts

Summary Watchdog says BAT gave cash and cars to dozens of politicians, civil servants, journalists as well as people working at competitor companies to help influence and secure health policies that favour their business activities in key African countries. The whistleblower documents connected to BAT’s questionable dealings in East and Central Africa revealed evidence...

Hike tobacco excise tax – WHO

 The government should consider increasing excise taxes on tobacco products to at least 75 percent of the average retail price to generate additional revenue for COVID-19 measures. Jeremias Paul Jr., a former undersecretary at the Department of Finance who now leads the World Health Organization (WHO)’s fiscal policy unit, said raising tobacco taxes would also...

Malaysia: Reducing the harm of tobacco for real

Once upon a time, menthol cigarettes were regularly (but falsely) marketed by its makers as a less harsh and less harmful alternative to “normal” cigarettes. Menthol is a compound that has a minty cooling effect when added to cigarettes. It also has the additional advantage of blocking pain receptors in the mouth and throat. Instead of being...

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR A TEAM OF TWO CONSULTANTS TO DEVELOP A REGIONAL REPORT: Africa Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship Index

Contract Type: Consultancy (2 consultants) Duration: 3 months Closing Date: October 10, 2021 BACKGROUND ATCA is a non-profit, non-political and continent-wide tobacco control alliance of civil society organizations (CSOs) with a vision to promote health by building a tobacco-free Africa. Established in 2008, the alliance is a unique Pan African tobacco control civil society network and currently has...

British American Tobacco: Investors can’t afford to ignore allegations of bribery and corruption

British American Tobacco is a bellwether stock on the JSE, although it has lost some of its lustre in recent years. New allegations of bribery and corruption could tarnish it further. Protracted battles with the Nigerian regulator wiped millions of rands in value from MTN as the share price fell from more than R200 to...

Ghana must not falter in fight against illegal tobacco trade

Ghana is set to complete its ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, an international treaty under the aegis of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The move is a landmark step for a country where one in five cigarettes are sold illegally and an encouraging one, given the deleterious effects that the...

Parliament rejects blanket ban on tobacco ads

The Swiss parliament has agreed new advertising and sponsorship regulations for tobacco products. However, the supporters of a total ban on tobacco advertising are unimpressed. The long-running debate was heated until the end, with the political left trying in vain to push through a more restrictive approach to tobacco products. Poster advertising of tobacco products and...

Comprehensive tobacco ad ban a must

Once a financial lifeline to a young nation, tobacco is now widely known to be highly addictive and a threat to one’s health. Despite its dangers, every day the persuasive and glamorous commercial messages encourage the use of tobacco products among minors and youth in the United States. While advertisements for traditional tobacco products are...

New WHO report sheds light on the dark impact of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products

Novel and emerging tobacco products are the subject of a new WHO report that looks at a range of issues, from the harm caused by toxic ingredients and nicotine exposure to how, with hardly any regulation, new nicotine and tobacco products are aggressively marketed to potential users, including children and adolescents. The WHO study group...