Africa News

Big Tobacco ploughing crooked furrow in African markets

Two troubling recent investigations from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have shone a fresh spotlight on the tobacco industry’s continued complicity in tobacco smuggling in Africa. The first highlighted how Philip Morris (PMI)’s representative in Burkina Faso, Apollinaire Compaoré, remains in the tobacco giant’s employ despite being well-known throughout the region...

Why Nigeria must prepare for e-cigarettes addiction

Three Nigerian researchers have played a prominent role in a study on e-cigarettes epidemiology in South Africa, the result of which provides grounds for Nigeria to protect its youths from the health hazards of e-cigarette addiction, writes ROBERT EGBE. If you laugh easily, you will probably find the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s description of tobacco...

CTCA launches first ever Africa tobacco control conference

Tobacco control policies used in African countries have mostly been informed by research designed and conducted to answer questions to provide solutions for developed settings. Very few policies are is based on tobacco control research generated by researchers on the continent to influence policy discussions in African countries. This is why, as one of the agencies...

South Africa: Researchers reiterate need to regulate e-cigarettes

Two years after closure of comments on the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill (2018), researchers have called for the passage into law of the bill. New findings have revealed that the e-cigarette industry, currently largely unregulated, has further taken hold in South Africa. The Executive director of the Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry...

Push for new e-cigarette and smoking laws in South Africa

Public health researchers have called on the government to pass the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill into law. The bill is expected to further regulate the use, marketing and sales of e-cigarettes or vapes in South Africa, with these products currently operating in a legislative vacuum. In a report published by the Africa...

Ghana: 54.1% of boys in JHS/SHS use drugs, 34.3% of girls smoke shisha – Survey

It has been revealed that 54.1% of boys in Junior High and Senior High Schools use cannabis, while 34.3% of the girls smoke shisha. This is according to a survey by the Consultative Committee to Combat Drug Menace in Schools.  Conducted in 176 schools across the country, the survey was geared towards ascertaining the source and...

BAT’s PR agency tried to bribe Bureau’s Kenyan reporter

An employee of a Kenyan PR agency working for British American Tobacco (BAT) offered a bribe to a journalist to leak details of the Bureau’s investigation into how the company has targeted young non-smokers. BAT has parted company with the agency, Engage BCW, with immediate effect and is investigating the incident. Engage, which is affiliated...

Tobacco control regulation: Commission to confiscate cigarettes sold in sticks

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products via the internet, single cigarettes and small packets of cigarettes, sale via vending machines and sale to persons under the age of 18. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) says it will not hesitate to confiscate cigarettes sold in sticks at the expiration of the...

Area under tobacco cultivation in Africa rose over 3% in 6 yrs: WHO report

The number of tobacco users in the WHO African Region increased to 73 million in 2018 from 64 million adult users in 2000. Production of tobacco leaves shifted to developing countries from high-income countries, especially in Africa, in the last decade. The size of area under tobacco cultivation and the amount of tobacco leaf produced...

Nigeria: Experts seek enforcement of tobacco regulations

Experts in the health and economic sectors have called for strict enforcement of tobacco regulations and inclusion of anti-smoking campaign in school curriculums to check rising cases of tobacco-related diseases, especially among youths. They stated that the impact of mortality, morbidity and costs of smoking on the average Nigerian family still struggling to cross the...