Tobacco Industry News

Kenya scores low in global anti-smoking index

Kenya lags behind nations who are leading in using innovation to reduce deaths from smoking, a new report reveals. The study blames Kenya’s regulators for unnecessarily restricting access to alternative nicotine products, such as vapes and pouches, which are proven to be 95pc less harmful than combustible cigarettes and have already saved hundreds of thousands...

Illicit Trade Persists After Lockdown

The illicit cigarette trade continues to thrive in South Africa despite recent enforcement actions, according to a new Ipsos study. According to Ipsos’ latest study, shops nationwide are still flooded with illegal tobacco products more than two years after the unconstitutional tobacco sales ban was imposed by the government as part of their response to the...

Farmers want to be allowed to get fertilizer on loan from tobacco companies

Farmers in Mzimba have asked Parliament to amend the Tobacco Act to allow tobacco companies to provide loans to tobacco farmers for production of crops such as maize, saying  tobacco farmers have no access to fertilizer under Affordable Inputs Program (AIP) and they cannot afford to buy fertilizer on their own due to high...

BAT joins call for action on biodiversity

BAT joins 300+ leading companies in signing Business for Nature’s call to protect and restore biodiversity Signatories including BAT are pushing for mandatory requirements for businesses and financial institutions to disclose biodiversity impacts BAT is committed to protecting biodiversity, which complements its work to combat climate change. Governments from around the world are set...

Lagos Celebrates Farmers For Efforts As Food Drivers

Gbolabo Olaniwun, Senior Special Assistant to Mr. Governor on Agriculture, (left); Odiri Erewa-Meggison, Board Director, BATNF (second left); Folashade Jaji Secretary to Lagos State Government(second right) and Abisola Olusanya, Commissioner for Agriculture during a presentation to BATNF at the World Food Day/ Farmers Appreciation Day in Lagos. Lagos state government has honoured and celebrated farmers...

Philip Morris International, tobacco control and scientific integrity

Philip Morris International (PMI) held a panel discussion on « Scientific integrity and why it matters for public health » on September 20th. The event was also accessible online. The speakers were: - Prof. Giovanni Li Volti, Director of the Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR) - Dr Peter Harper, physician and medical...

Philip Morris Hikes Offer For Swedish Smokeless Tobacco Firm

Marlboro-maker Philip Morris International said Thursday it had increased its offer for smokeless tobacco company Swedish Match, as the US group looks to steer away from its traditional cigarette business. Philip Morris hiked its offer from 106 to 116 kronor per share -- bringing the total offer to 176.4 billion kronor ($15.76 billion) -- and...

Sub-Saharan Africa Urged to Embrace THR

With more than 200,000 smoking-related deaths each year in sub-Saharan Africa, there is an urgent need for the region to embrace tobacco harm reduction, according to a new briefing paper published by Knowledge Action Change (KAC). KAC argues that tobacco harm reduction could generate significant public health gains for the countries in sub-Saharan Africa and...

Philip Morris appoints two former U.S. FDA officials to key roles

Philip Morris International Inc said on Wednesday it had appointed two former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials to key positions at a time when tobacco companies have come under intense regulatory and public scrutiny. The maker of Marlboro cigarettes said Badrul Chowdhury, who spent more than two decades at the FDA, has been...

SARS waging war against illegal cigarettes in South Africa

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is going after sin taxes owed to it from the illicit sale of cigarettes in the country. Johnny Moloto, the general manager for British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA), told Fin24 that almost 70% of all cigarettes consumed in the country now belong to illicit brands, turning South Africa into the...

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