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BBN Season 6 – Groups Write NBC, Demand Prohibition of Smoking in Big Brother Naija

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) and the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) today (July 16, 2021) have sent a petition to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) asking the agency to prohibit smoking in the Big Brother Naija Season 6 which commences on July 18, 2021. CAPPA and NTCA in the letter titled...

Tobacco: Silently hiding smokers in graves

Tobacco was historically discovered by a European in the person of Christopher Columbus in 1492, initially, it was only smoked by high-class personalities during festivities but Columbus took it back to Europe where it gained recognition. Smoking increased dramatically during world wars, it was supplied to troops for free mainly to boost their morale but...

WHO FCTC needs assessment in the United Republic of Tanzania

Several state and non-state actors met virtually and face-to-face the week of 28 June 2021 in Dar Es Salaam for a needs assessment exercise for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Aimed at assessing the implementation of the Treaty that the United Republic of Tanzania ratified in 2007, this exercise is jointly...

Malawi: UK tobacco firms fail in bid to have Malawi child labour case struck out

BAT and Imperial Tobacco deny they are responsible for farming families’ exploitation Two big UK tobacco companies have failed to persuade the high court to strike out a case against them that alleges they are responsible for the exploitation of Malawian farming families and child labour in their drive for profits. British American Tobacco and Imperial...

Gambia: Task Force Starts Enforcing Tobacco Control Act, Regulations

The Gambia Police Force on Tuesday 29th June 2021 said a joint operation by the Police, GRA-Customs, Public Health and Environmental Inspectors has been activated to enforce the Tobacco Control Act and Regulations. The public is hereby reminded that, the Tobacco Control Act has banned public smoking, display of tobacco products, selling of single sticks...

Kenya: Proposal To Tax Nicotine Products A Welcome Move

In Summary •Tax and price policies are known to be the most effective measures for deterring initiation of and continuous use of harmful products such as tobacco and nicotine products- also known as sin tax. •As we adopt fiscal measures on the emerging nicotine products, it is important to maintain and actually improve the fiscal measures...

Gambia: Health ministry announces new crackdown on smokers

The ministry of health has announced law enforcement officers shall embark on full enforcement of the ban on public smoking. In a statement on Monday, the ministry said smokers have been flouting the law prohibiting smoking in public places. “…the Ministry has noted with concern the low compliance rate among the general public and institutions in...

Nigeria: Groups seek enforcement of smoking ban in movies

"36 movies were screened in total, picked from English, Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba genres. All the 36 movies reviewed had smoking scenes, some in a scene while others were in multiple scenes." Participants at a summit on Smoking in Movies (#Smokefreenollywood) held in Lagos have called for the immediate commencement of enforcement of the ban...

Nigeria: NTCA, CAPPA Urge Government Agencies To Enforce Pictorial Health Warnings On Tobacco Packs

As the Federal Government begins the enforcement of the health warning requirements of the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act 2015 and the Tobacco Control Regulations 2019 on all tobacco products manufactured and distributed in Nigeria from today, the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have urged...

Botswana: Mbongwe – Sheer will to win the fight against tobacco use

It is not everyday that you meet someone whose commitment to a cause is never unshaken. Often times, people start something, then get derailed along the way and shift focus. However, that has never been the case for Ramotswa-born Professor Bontle Mbongwe, whose commitment to fight tobacco use is unrivalled. She has lost many of...