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African countries need tighter controls to curb growing tobacco use

Average global smoking rates have fallen over the past 12 years with the proportion of people aged 15 or older who smoke declining from 22.6% in 2007 to 19.6% in 2019. However, tobacco use still poses a significant health, economic and social burden worldwide. In fact, some countries – mostly in Africa – are experiencing increases in smoking...

Kenya: Farmers urged to grow alternative crops to protect environment

The Kenya Tobacco Control Board (TCB) has added its voice to the initiative to adopt alternative crops in tobacco-growing areas, saying the growth of tobacco is a threat to the environment. Speaking in Kakamega Dr John Musau, a TCB board member, regretted that tobacco farmers were left with acidic and unproductive soils after years of growing the...

CAPPA Urges Government to Regulate Tobacco Industry Activities in Nigeria’s Virtual Space

The Executive Director of Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Akinbode Oluwafemi, has underscored the need for the Nigerian Government at Federal and State levels to regulate the activities of the Tobacco Industry, especially in the virtual space. Akinbode disclosed this while highlighting CAPPA’s findings at the media presentation of a report titled ‘Tobacco...

“Battle of Minds”, British American Tobacco’s new tactic to invade Africa

British American Tobacco has launched its 2022 Battle of Minds competition. The multinational tobacco company is targeting university students and young graduates in different countries around the world to participate in the competition which they say targets creativity in 3 areas namely: environmental, social and governance. The competition is held online and covers 27 countries...

Anti-smoking mural created by Sharonlea Primary pupils wins top honours – and cash – with youngsters becoming tobacco control ambassadors

JOHANNESBURG – A striking NO to tobacco mural painted by pupils from Sharonlea Primary in Randburg has been announced as the winner of the Sibo Manqoba Schools Mural Art Competition. The Johannesburg school was awarded the top honours after it beat other selected schools who were all asked to produce artworks in the form of...

ATCA joins SA’s public health organisations to call to plug the e-cigarette regulation gap

Johannesburg – The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has called for urgent regulation of e-cigarettes through the swift implementation of the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill. The non-profit, non-government, professional organisations are joined by South Africa’s public health organisations in calling for the implementation of the tobacco control bill, which requires...

Pupils lead the way against smoking through art

It’s often said by experts that young people are the ones that are most vulnerable to smoking, with nearly nine out of 10 smokers taking up the habit during their teenage years. Flavoured smokeless tobacco products, such as vaping, have been blamed for making this unhealthy habit more appealing to the youth. But thanks to...

Africa will be the world’s ashtray if big tobacco is able to get its way Rachel Kitonyo and Jeffrey Drope

Smoking in the west is declining, so the industry is turning to untapped markets, where governments must act to stop it. For decades, smoking has been on the rise, driving more than 100m deaths in the 20th century alone and creating health and other costs of about $1,500bn a year that have hampering global growth. According to a report...

WNTD 2022: Tobacco is a threat to our Existence – VALD

Ahead of this years World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) celebration on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) is joining the World Health Organization (WHO), its partners and millions of people across the world to mark the Day 2022. This year’s celebration is on the theme, “Tobacco: threat to our environment”. The campaign...

World No Tobacco Day 2022 in African Region

Message from WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti The world marks World No Tobacco Day on 31 May every year, to raise awareness of the negative health, social, economic and environmental impacts of tobacco production and use. This year’s theme, “Tobacco: Threat to our environment”, aims to highlight the environmental impact of the entire...