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China: Reporting system launched in Shanghai to encourage residents to participate in tobacco control

With big data technology, people in Shanghai are encouraged to participate in tobacco control and build a smoke-free city via a reporting system launched in Shanghai on Monday. Shanghai residents can now report problems related to tobacco control in public venues including office buildings, shopping malls and dining places with the launch of the "tobacco...

Jamaica: Work On Tobacco Control Bill Progressing Well

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the work of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Tobacco Control Bill is progressing well. The Minister told JIS News that he has seen “progress” in the submissions from several interest groups and that the manufacturing company, Carreras Group, is scheduled to...

UK: MPs urge for stricter tobacco regulations

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health is seeking stricter tobacco regulations against what it believes to be a “tobacco epidemic”. The MPs are calling for the age of sale on cigarettes to rise from 18 to 21 by 2030. They hope by raising the age, it will reduce the amount of young...

Global campaigners call on tobacco industry to combat child labor

The tobacco industry should be at the forefront of ending child labor across its supply chains to help secure rights, dignity and holistic growth of minors, campaigners said Monday. Speaking at a virtual briefing, the international campaigners and experts said the use of child labor in cultivation and manufacture of tobacco products is a threat...

How to Combat Tobacco Usage in India

While cigarettes constitute a source of considerable revenue for the Indian government, it is also crucial to reduce the consumption of these “sin goods” preferably through increased taxation. On similar lines, the finance minister of India, while presenting the 2020-2021 budget, suggested an upsurge in the excise duty charged on cigarettes by raising the...

Covid 19: How harm reduction advocates and the tobacco industry capitalised on the pandemic to promote nicotine

Scientific papers suggesting that smokers are less likely to fall ill with covid-19 are being discredited as links to the tobacco industry are revealed, report Stéphane Horel and Ties Keyzer In the early days of the pandemic, media outlets around the world reported that smokers seemed to be under-represented among patients seriously ill with covid-19...

Tobacco is a threat to a just and sustainable development

The EU is preparing a due diligence law by June 2021 to hold companies accountable for their impact on people and the planet. There is an urgent need to address the human rights violations, child labour, environmental impact, and disinformation of the tobacco industry, write Helen Stjerna, Farida Akhter, and Sonja von Eichborn. Helen Stjerna...

Raise age for sale of cigarettes to 21 and stop ‘tobacco epidemic’, say UK MPs

Making it illegal for more young people to buy cigarettes would help meet the government’s target of ending smoking by 2030, MPs say MPs have called for a consultation on raising the age for the sale of cigarettes to 21 from 18 in order to end the “tobacco epidemic” by 2030. The all-party parliamentary group on...

Pakistan: Call to increase taxes on tobacco

Country Representative of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Malik Imran Ahmad has said that Pakistan’s cigarette production has jumped around 90 per cent with the introduction of third-tier taxation. The government should introduce single-tier tobacco taxation and increase taxes to discourage smoking among children and the youth, he said, adding the third tier taxation system that...

WHO and the Chinese National Health Commission call for immediate action on World No Tobacco Day and urge all to “commit to quit”

On the 34th World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) China Office and the Planning and Information Department of the National Health Commission (NHC) jointly held a press conference to release the China Report on the Health Hazards of Smoking 2020, introduce China’s WNTD 2021 campaign, and launch the “China Cessation Platform”...