Tobacco Industry News

Nigeria: BAT unveils sustainable investment in environment

British American Tobacco in West and Central Africa (BAT) has unveiled its sustainable investment in the environment as it launched a sustainability show corner at the company’s state-of-the-art factory in Ibadan, Oyo state. The sustainability corner exhibits several end products obtained from the recycling of waste generated at the Ibadan factory. Some of these include tissue...

Federal tobacco tax hike will do more harm than good

The current spending package being spearheaded by congressional Democrats could be a truly transformational achievement, solving many of the systemic and near-term problems facing the American people. However, many of this bill’s benefits could be entirely counteracted if lawmakers include a provision called the Tobacco Tax Equity Act. This bill, first introduced last spring, has flown...

Cigarette sales ban to have big tax hit on South Africa

British American Tobacco sees South Africa failing to meet tobacco excise revenue targets after a lengthy ban on the sale of the products swelled illegal sales. The country will probably generate R11.5 billion ($791 million) in duties from cigarettes and related products in the year through March 2022, the company’s East & Southern Africa unit...

USA: Proposed increases is tobacco taxes will hurt PA communities | Opinion

Congress is currently moving forward with aggressive policies that will significantly increase the federal tax on all tobacco products. This misguided policy won’t encourage smoking cessation, as it intends, but in fact it will cause more people to smoke, invite new criminal enterprises, and stoke racial division in our communities. Further, when you look...

Learning from COVID to tackle the tobacco epidemic

For the better part of two years, the attention of policymakers and health experts across Europe and North America has been focused on the battle against COVID. With vaccination campaigns cutting into hospitalization numbers and giving public health experts space to breathe, the World Health Organization is seeking to put another major global health...

VPASA slams WHO’s comments branding e-cigarettes as ’harmful’

Johannesburg - The Vapour Products Association is concerned with how vaping has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest report. And chief executive Asanda Gcoyi said labelling vaping as “harmful” was reckless. “The WHO, along with many other groups opposed to e-cigarettes and vaping, has once again demonstrated a lack of understanding...

BATNF Plans N2bn Investment to Boost Small Holder Farming

The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) has announced plans to invest over N2 billion to support small holder farmers across the 36 States in the federation. The move, according to the foundation, is aimed at improving the lives of smallholder farmers and enabling them to move from subsistence to commercial agriculture to boost food...

Tobacco giant Philip Morris raises bid for respiratory drugmaker

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has raised its bid to buy respiratory drugmaker Vectura to more than £1bn. Vectura makes inhaled medicines and devices to treat respiratory illnesses such as asthma, and counts Novartis and GSK among its customers. The Marlboro cigarette maker increased its offer to £1.65 ($2.29) per share after US private equity firm Carlyle...

Misinformation, attacks from NGOs obstruct tobacco harm reduction in LMICs

Misinformation and attacks from well-funded international non-government organizations are among the key obstacles to the adoption of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and mitigation of deaths from smoking in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to health policy experts. Representatives from countries like India, Ukraine, Kenya, and Mexico enumerated the factors that are hindering LMICs from...

BATNF clinches two awards at the West Africa Innovation Awards

July 29, 2021 was a day of honour for the British American Tobacco Nigerian Foundation (BATNF) as it clinched two awards for excellence in sustainability, namely ‘Best Sustainability in Agriculture’ and ‘Best Sustainability in Youth and Economic Development’ at the West Africa Innovation Awards held at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. The West...