Statements

Statement – World No Tobacco Day 2024

Statement of Leonce Dieudonne SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) For immediate release Lomé, May 31, 2024 - Every year, on May 31, the global community comes together to highlight the dangers of tobacco and the measures needed to protect our communities from this scourge that devastates our population, especially our youth....

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...

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,...

Press release

18 October 2023 The 2023 Africa Tobacco Industry Interference Index has been launched this Wednesday 18 October, 2023 in a virtual event attended by tobacco control advocates, government officials, the media, and other stakeholders. The Index, produced by the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) in collaboration with the Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy...

Africa is making tobacco control progress, but more can and should be done

Statement of Leonce Dieudonne SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) following the release of the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2023 For immediate release Lomé, 25 September 2023 - The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) is pleased to see that countries of the WHO Afro region are improving their level...

Malawi should sustain its political will and not delay passing a WHO FCTC-compliant law

Statement of Leonce Dieudonne SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) on Malawi’s ratification of the WHO FCTC For immediate release Lomé, 04 September 2023 - The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) congratulates Malawi for becoming the newest Party to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). We...

Africa Needs Food, Not Tobacco: Together, we can effectively replace the cultivation of killer tobacco with nourishing food.

Statement of Leonce Dieudonne SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) For immediate release African governments must learn from the Kenya example and seek ways to collaborate with civil society and international organizations to promote better alternatives for tobacco farmers. Let us feed Africa, not the tobacco industry. Lomé, 30 May 2023 - This year,...

Presidential assent of Sierra Leone’s Tobacco and Nicotine Control Act is a major win for public health in Africa.

Presidential assent of Sierra Leone’s Tobacco and Nicotine Control Act is a major win for public health in Africa. Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) For immediate release - Lomé, 28 April 2023 Passed into law by parliament on 3 August 2022, the global tobacco control community is relieved to...

ATCA is honoured with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) Afro Leadership Award in Tobacco Control 2022.

PRESS RELEASE 16 December 2022 The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has received the CTFK Afro Leadership Award in Tobacco Control 2022. This was in a ceremony that brought together tobacco control actors from across Africa to celebrate the tobacco control successes in the continent. The event took place on Tuesday 13 December 2022 in Nairobi...

New report exposes how the tobacco industry exploited the covid-19 pandemic to increase its profits at the detriment of public health.

PRESS RELEASE 09 December 2022 The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has launched a report titled, COVID-19 and Tobacco Industry Interference in Africa. Produced following a study conducted in 2021 which explored how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on tobacco control in Sub Saharan Africa, as well as how the tobacco industry exploited the pandemic to promote...

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