Highlights

2024 Africa Tobacco Control Media Awards: Award Ceremony in Zambia and Burkina Faso

On the occasion of the celebration of the World No Tobacco Day, our members in Burkina Faso and Zambia honored the winners of the 2024 Africa Tobacco Control Media Awards. The Award ceremony in Ouagadougou on 4th June 2024 and Lusaka on 5th June 2024 celebrated excellence of the media professionals and their dedication...

Professor Bontle Mbongwe Receives the WHO Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion

We are pleased to announce that Professor Bontle Mbongwe, a renowned public health advocate and passionate anti-tobacco activist, has been honored with the World Health Organization's (WHO) Nelson Mandela Award for Health Promotion. This prestigious award recognizes her outstanding contributions to public health, both at country and global levels. Professor Bontle Mbongwe, is Associate Professor...

Announcement of Winners of the Africa Tobacco Control Media Awards 2024

The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2024 edition of the Africa Tobacco Control Media Awards. This annual competition aims to encourage journalists across the continent to produce impactful and informative media works on tobacco control. The Africa Tobacco Control Media Awards recognize the best media productions that...

ATCA Congratulates Nigeria For Historic Measures Regulating Tobacco and Tobacco Products in the Entertainment Media

Statement of Leonce Dieudonne SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) For immediate release Lome, 27 May 2024 - The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) congratulates the government and people of Nigeria for its historic new measures prohibiting the promotion and glamorisation of tobacco and tobacco products in its film and music industry. ATCA...

WHO-FCTC PRAISES ACTA’s 15-YEARS OF SUPPORT TO WHO-AFRO PARTIES TO THE CONVENTION

January 9, 2024 Panama City, Panama The World Health Organisation-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) Secretariat has hailed the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) for it's 15 years of consistent support to the AFRO region parties and advocating for the adoption and implementation of tobacco control legislations. Head of the FCTC Secretariat Adriana Blanco expressed her gratitude...

PRESS RELEASE

Plastic Pollution from Cigarette Butts: A $186 Billion Toll Over 10 Years Lome, 06 December 2023 The costs of environmental pollution caused by plastics in cigarette butts and packaging amount to an estimated US$26 billion every year or US$186 billion every 10 years — adjusted for inflation — in waste management and marine ecosystem damage worldwide,...

New WHO campaign highlights tobacco industry tactics to influence public health policies

The World Health Organization (WHO), today, officially launches the "Stop the lies" campaign as a vital initiative to protect young people from the tobacco industry and their deadly products, by calling for an end to tobacco industry interference in health policy. This campaign is supported by new evidence from “The Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2023”, published...

Efforts to Protect Policy from Tobacco Industry Interference Have Deteriorated in 43 Countries, According to Civil Society Groups

Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2023 Ranks 90 Countries; Reveals Industry Tactics That Include Promoting Electronic Products and Hiding Environmental Damage New York, United States, and Bangkok, Thailand, November 14, 2023 — Governments around the world continue to be influenced by powerful tobacco companies that hinder efforts to reduce tobacco use. They are not taking...

COP10 Postponed

The Tenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the Third session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP3) to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products have been postponed to 2024. “Following communication received from Panama, the host country of the...

WHO African countries convene ahead of the 10th Conference of Parties to the WHO FCTC and 3rd Meeting of Parties to the Protocol to secure regional consensus on key decisions at the tobacco control conferences

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has completed a four-day Africa regional preparatory meeting for the 10th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 10) to the WHO FCTC and the 3rd meeting of the...

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