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Shisha: The Irresistible Lethal Killer Wrapped In Flavour

Few months ago, five female pupils of the Oreyo Senior Grammar School, Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of the State, was caught in a video expertly smoking “Shisha” while in school uniform. The trending video simply sends a message to the spine of Nigerians, parents, guardians and school authorities and the government of the looming shisha...

New vaping rules and taxes planned for South Africa

The National Treasury has published a discussion paper outlining a proposal on the taxation of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). This follows signals from the government in its previous two budget speeches that it plans to start taxing these two products. “ENDS are part of new generation products that have been introduced in the...

A Strong Tobacco Control Is Adopted in Botswana

Published in the official gazette on 29th October 2021, Botswana’s tobacco control law, one of the best tobacco control legislations in Africa, very well aligns with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to which Botswana is a party since January 2005. Amongst other very important points, the law, which repeals and re-enacts the...

Botswana’s New Tobacco Control Law Will Save Lives and Prioritize Public Health

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) on the adoption of a strong tobacco control law in Botswana Published in the official gazette on 29th October 2021, Botswana’s tobacco control law is a life-saving instrument, and one of the strong tobacco control legislations in Africa. The law, which repeals...

FDA to regulate tobacco adverts

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is liaising with the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation to regulate the advertisement of tobacco and its associate products as part of measures to control its increasing use among the youth. “Though measures have been taken over the years to curb the publicity of tobacco and tobacco products, it...

Tobacco farmers in Migori call for fair trade practices

The government is on the spot for doing little to address problems facing tobacco growing in Nyanza. Tobacco farming has been practiced in Kuria East and Kuria West constituencies in Migori for many years, enabling many families to cater to their basic needs. The farmers are now calling on the government to ensure fair trade practices...

Nigerian Entertainment Sector Supports FG’s Tobacco Control Act, Regulations

Concerned about the growing evidence linking the entertainment industry with the uptick of tobacco use and worried by its impact on public health, the Nigerian entertainment industry has drummed support for the regulation and control of tobacco usage in the country. At a One-Day Stakeholder Roundtable on the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 and the...

Anti-tobacco lobbies fault State on tax

Local anti-tobacco lobbies have taken the government to task over its apparent reluctance to enforce tobacco control and taxation. This is on the back of new data that shows tobacco-related deaths stood at 8,100 in 2019 compared to road fatalities, which were estimated at 3,572. Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) Senior Policy Analyst Boaz Munga...

Sars Customs seizes illegal cigarettes, hookah-pipe tobacco, scrap metal worth R40 million in Durban Harbour, Polokwane and Johannesburg

Modern risk detection systems and other law enforcement agencies have assisted the South African Division of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) Customs division in seizing illicit cigarettes, hookah-pipe tobacco and scrap metal with a total tax prejudice of R40 million. Sars said the illegal cigarettes were detected in Durban Harbour and valued at R35m...