2020 Statements

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,...