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Strengthened regulation of tobacco-free venues at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Footballs won’t be the only things kicked in Qatar at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Tobacco and e-cigarettes will also be kicked out of Doha’s eight stadiums, ensuring fans can enjoy smoke-free air while sitting in their seats watching world football’s biggest event. Implementing tobacco and smoke-free measures at the FIFA World Cup™ has...

COP 27 Side Event: Tobacco and environmental impacts

Tobacco consumption as an environmental sustainability issue: environmental impact of tobacco products and proposed solutions that complement the solution for its negative health effects Date: 17 November 2022 Time: 12h00 GMT, 2pm in Egypt Location: Turkiye Pavilion The world’s attention is being focused on Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt where the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United...

Qatar 2022/ Authorities Implement Tobacco, Smoking Prevention Measures in World Cup Stadiums

Doha, November 13 (QNA) - Sport for Health partnership, which includes the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), FIFA, and the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the implementation of tobacco and smoking prevention measures at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar for a healthy and safe tournament. In...

The environmental argument for banning menthol cigarettes

Every year, about 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are discarded globally, making them the most littered item on Earth. Around 90 percent of cigarettes have filters made of a biobased plastic called cellulose acetate, which can take up to 14 years to decompose. Nevertheless, cigarette butts are still considered hazardous solid waste, even if they are thrown away properly. In recent years, non-menthol cigarettes have become less...

STOP Adds to Industry Allies Database

STOP, a tobacco industry watchdog, has added 25 organizations from 12 countries to its Industry Allies database. Organizations on the list are categorized as front groups, “astroturf” groups or third parties that promote the tobacco industry’s agenda while appearing to be independent. “This update provides further evidence that the tobacco industry uses different types of...

Opinion: Public health can’t pay for the tobacco industry’s actions

With an ever more complex landscape of tobacco products, we face a daunting moment in tobacco control. The tobacco industry has made a resurgence, taking advantage of youth across media platforms that are rife with disinformation, and causing uptakes in smoking in surprising demographic categories. All of this is happening while gains in life...

We need food, not tobacco – focus of World No Tobacco Day 2023

A global food crisis is growing fueled by conflict, climate change, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine driving rising prices of food, fuel and fertilizer. Tobacco growing and production lead to long term, global ecological harms and climate change, and plays a crucial role...

35 organisations from 23 African countries call for the removal of Philip Morris International (PMI) from all engagements related to the Africa Trade & Customs Week Summit 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lomé 02 November, 2022 35 organisations from 23 African countries have denounced the brandishing of Philip Morris International (PMI) as one of the sponsors of the AFRICA TRADE & CUSTOMS WEEK SUMMIT 2022, and called for the withdrawal of the tobacco multinational from all engagements related to the summit which is scheduled to...

Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September. This equates to one in five of all deaths from heart disease, warn the report’s...

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...

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