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Egypt: Cigarette prices up EGP 0.25 to finance healthcare insurance programme

Egypt is set to increase the prices of local and imported cigarettes by EGP 0.25/pack in July 2021, local media sources have reported. The proceeds of the increase will be directed to the Ministry of Finance, and will contribute to funding for the Universal Healthcare Insurance programme. The programme was launched in July 2018, where...

TCRA research: Burkinabé researcher looks at why local school children are using tobacco

Why do young people smoke? This is a question that has baffled many tobacco control researchers, hoping  to discourage adolescents and young people from taking up a harmful that can have negative consequences on their health later in life. Studies in Côte d’Ivoire  have shown  that factors such as curiosity and snobbery as well as other...

Tobacco industry ‘front’ rejected by WHO, others, finds footing in Nigeria

As the four students of Whitesands College, Lekki, posed for the camera after emerging winners of the 2018 Conrad Challenge, the name of an entity screamed from a roll-up banner behind them: Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. The Junior Secondary School Two (JSS2) students had won the Smoke-Free World category of the Conrad Foundation Spirit...

Botswana’s rising tobacco users’ figure ‘frightening,’ group says

The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) says the rising number of tobacco users in Bostwana is frightening. In a statement on Tuesday, the group said the south African country urgently needs a strong tobacco control law to protect its citizens from the devastating effects of tobacco. According to statistics from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS)...

TCRA research: Ugandan researcher wants to find the latest statistics on young people and tobacco use in the country

When it comes to taking up a habit like smoking, young people are in all probability considered the most vulnerable group. Accordingly, implementing effective ways to prevent cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use can yield important public health benefits, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Statistics show that low and middle income countries...

Dlamini-Zuma on why lockdown ban on tobacco sales was rational

The high court in Cape Town erred in not finding that Regulation 45, used by the government to ban the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products during the initial stages of the lockdown, was rational. This is one of 13 grounds co-operative governance & traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma raised as she appealed against...

Smuggling affecting cigarette prices says report

Smuggling of cigarettes into the country has been singled out as one of the major factors that have affected the increase in Tobacco prices on the Ugandan market. According to a report by the Uganda National Health Consumers Organization (UNHCO) on the status of tobacco prices in Uganda, the majority of respondents agreed at 79%,...

Court strikes out BATN’s suit against FCCPC

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Monday, struck out a suit filed by the British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN), against the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC). DAILY POST reports that BATN had asked the court to prevent FCCPC from investigating it for anti-consumer protection, public health and anti-competition violations that the...

Cigarette market normalised, but not the same as before ban – study

Cigarette prices have decreased sharply from their highly inflated levels during the sales ban, but are substantially higher than their pre-lockdown levels. The average retail price of cigarette brands produced by the multinationals is nearly 5% higher than before the sales ban, while the average retail price produced by the local manufacturers is 30%...