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Tobacco control stakeholders meeting: 6,700 Ghanaians die annually… from tobacco-related illnesses

More than 6,700 Ghanaians die annually from tobacco-related illnesses. Of the number, 4,422 representing 66 per cent died prematurely under age 70 while 1,206 representing 18 per cent lost their lives due to exposure to second-hand smoke. To address the growing trend, DrBaffourAwuah, Acting Director of Technical Coordination and Special Advisor on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Ministry...

Africa needs stronger weapons to tackle illicit, conflict-fuelling tobacco trade

The South African government has recently stepped up its efforts to address the country’s rampant illicit tobacco trade. The South African Revenue Service (SARS), facing a severe and persistent reduction of cigarette excise tax revenues, is now endeavouring to curb the illicit tobacco trade by enhancing inspections and search and seizure operations against cigarette companies and...

CAPPA tasks NFCVB on enforcement of ban on TAPS

In its continued bid to reduce tobacco-related diseases and deaths in the country, the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa has urged the National Films and Video Censors Board (NFCVB) to, as a matter of urgency, enforce the ban on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorships (TAPS) with particular emphasis on the movies and entertainment...

How tobacco industry keeps smokers hooked

In Summary Two studies from the UK identify the use of price smoothing and package downsizing strategies by the tobacco industry. The other strategy employed by the industry revolves around reclassification of products or changing their physical attributes. In 2018 only 38 countries, covering 14 per cent of the global population, had adequately high tobacco...

FG Urged to Establish Tobacco Control Fund

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has made a case for the operationalisation of the Tobacco Control Fund in order to ensure the protection of public health from the destructive effects of tobacco in Nigeria. It said the Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Finance and the office of the Accountant General of the...

How multinational tobacco companies aid Illicit financial flows in Nigeria, others – Report

Tobacco multinationals in Nigeria and other African Countries are contributing significantly to illicit financial flows in the continent mainly through tax avoidance and evasion, a new report said. The report titled ‘Tobacco Industry and Illicit Financial Flows in Africa” was conducted by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Tax Justice Network...

Report exposes how multinational tobacco companies aid illicit financial flows in Nigeria, others

Tobacco multinationals in Nigeria and other African countries are contributing significantly to illicit financial flows (IFF) in the continent, mainly through tax avoidance and evasion, a new report has shown. The report, titled: ‘Tobacco Industry and Illicit Financial Flows in Africa’, was conducted by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), in collaboration with Tax Justice...

New report outlines continued illegalities in sale of nicotine pouches in Kenya

A new report has uncovered serious violations of the Kenya Tobacco Control Act in the introduction, promotion, and continued sale of the highly-addictive nicotine pouches in Kenya. According to the report titled: ‘Assessment Report on the Tobacco Industry Interference with the Regulation of Novel Tobacco Products in Kenya.’ The Kenyan market is now littered with...

MWANGI: Stem rising tobacco use among women

In Summary Tobacco causes similar health problems and threats for men and women. But women have unique and higher risks of cervical cancer, breast cancer and coronary artery disease. African countries are experiencing a rise in tobacco use. The rapid growth of the sub-Saharan Africa population and increase in consumer purchasing power are leading to...

Why tobacco consumption is a major threat to global population

In Summary •Everyone, especially young people, will blindly maintain that tobacco has nothing to do with the demographic resilience of a population, but to shatter someone's bubble, it does! •According to the World Health Organization Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. The world population, currently estimated at 8 billion people, is projected to reach...