Statements

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2021: ATCA, CTCA, FCA AFRO AND ATIM JOINT REGIONAL PRESS RELEASE

We must provide tobacco users the help they need to quit. The 2021 edition of World No Tobacco Day makes a special request to smokers; “Commit to Quit”. This message is particularly timely, especially at a time when the world continues to struggle to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that...

We can build a fairer, healthier Africa when we effectively tackle the maneuvers of the tobacco industry.

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) on the occasion of World Health Day 2021 Lomé, 07 April 2021 This year, World Health Day mandates us to reflect on measures to make the world fairer and healthier. TheWorld Health Organization notes that the world is currently an unequal one because “as COVID-19...

With the highest adult smoking rate in the Afro Region, Botswana urgently needs a strong tobacco control law to protect its citizens from the devastating effects of tobacco

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) According to statistics from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Botswana report launched on Thursday 17 December 2020 by the country’s Minister of Health and Well-being, Dr Edwin Dikoloti, 240,000 adults aged 15 and above (17.6%) use tobacco. This is the highest tobacco use...

Victory against the tobacco industry in South Africa during the COVID – 19 pandemic: A source of inspiration for WHO Afro parties to uphold public health.

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) "The fact that a substance is addictive does not render it essential." This is a unanimous conclusion by Judges Mlambo, Molefe and Basson on Friday 26 June 2020 while passing their judgment on the case between Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association’s (FITA) and the...

African youth, prey to the tobacco industry: Authorities must take measures to protect them and assure a radiant future for the continent.

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) This year, World No Tobacco Day is focusing on protecting the youth from tobacco industry manipulation and taking measures to ensure that they are protected from tobacco and nicotine use. This orientation provides the opportunity for tobacco control advocates to remind the world that...

Africa must mobilize to stop the tobacco industry from exploiting the Covid19 crisis to grow its business.

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) During this difficult time when the world struggles to deal with the corona virus disease (COVID19) pandemic, the African tobacco control community has noted with dismay, that tobacco multinationals are using the crisis to engage in activities that either help to clean their image,...

Supreme Court Upholding of Tobacco Control Regulations in Kenya.

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) Today, the tobacco control community celebrates another resounding success as the Supreme Court of Kenya ruled to uphold the country’s Tobacco Control Regulations. The Regulations which mandate pictorial health warnings, smoke-free public places, protection of tobacco control policies from tobacco industry interference, products disclosure...

Introduction of pictorial health warnings on tobacco packages in Cameroon: a step forward in tobacco control.

Statement of Deowan Mohee, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA). Since June 12, 2019, a major change has been noted at points of sale of tobacco products in Cameroon. New cigarette packs with pictorial health warnings are now available at these tobacco outlets throughout the country. This change follows the decision taken...

British American Tobacco versus Uganda: A Resounding Victory for Tobacco Control.

Statement of Deowan Mohee, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) On Tuesday May 28, 2019, the Constitutional Court of Uganda dismissed a case initiated by British American Tobacco Uganda Limited, challenging the enactment of the Tobacco Control Act of 2015. BAT, which filed the court case on November 30, 2016, stated that certain provisions...

Africa must act to check corporate tax avoidance by British American Tobacco (BAT)

Statement of Deowan Mohee, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) A recent report released by Tax Justice Network (TJN) shows that British American Tobacco (BAT) avoids paying full corporate tax in low-and middle-income countries where it operates. For every dollar that the giant multinational paid as corporate tax in the 8 countries covered by...