Tobacco Industry News

Kenya must step up bid to help smokers quit the killer habit

Nine in ten of Kenya’s 2.5 million smokers regret having taken up the habit, according to a report by the International Tobacco Control (ITC) in May. Yet it seems necessary support frameworks for smokers are insufficient or non-existent, with little effort made by relevant government bodies to help them quit. The Ministry of Health says smoking is a...

Farmers appeal for representation in tobacco control confab next month

Farmers organizations appealed to the Philippine government to ensure they are given proper representation and their legitimate concerns are not ignored in the forthcoming conference on the global treaty on tobacco control beginning Nov. 8 to be held under the auspices of the World Health Organization. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is the country’s...

One Hundred Tobacco Control Experts Urge WHO to Adopt Harm Reduction

On October 18, 100 tobacco control experts called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to accept the reality of safer nicotine alternatives. The letter, which harshly criticizes the WHO for its hostile stance against tobacco harm reduction (THR), arrives ahead of a gathering of the 182 countries that belong to the health agency’s Framework Convention on Tobacco...

The Global Fight against Tobacco Has Stalled

Global efforts to end smoking have stalled and require a drastic overhaul to prevent one billion people from dying in this century, according to a new report by five leading experts, members of the International Commission to Reignite the Fight Against Smoking. Worldwide, an estimated 1.14 billion people use tobacco. Nearly 8 million die each...

Kenya ought to lead with science in the control of tobacco

Tobacco smoking claims the lives of more than 8,000 Kenyans every year, according to the Tobacco Control Study released by the Ministry of Health earlier this year. Yet, Kenya is lagging in embracing the latest scientifically evidenced innovative and sustainable methods on how to help smokers quit. Non-evidence-based policymaking and misinformation are considered some of...

TAAT Global Alternatives first batch of Beyond Tobacco cigarettes in UK for distribution

TAAT Global Alternatives (CSE:TAAT / FRA:2TP / OTC:TOBAF) has confirmed that its first batch of Beyond Tobacco cigarettes have now arrived in the UK as the company prizes open the UK market for alternative cigarettes. Beyond Tobacco is already being widely sold in the US as a non-nicotine alternative for smokers who want to...

Africa: The state of Tobacco Harm Reduction in Africa

The 4th Scientific Summit on Tobacco Harm Reduction took place on September 29 and 30th, 2021. Organized by SCHORE, the International Association on Smoking Control which "vision is to eliminate smoking and smoking-related diseases all together", the summit reunited experts on tobacco, other substance use disorders specialists, and harm reduction professionals. There is an ongoing...

Could snus be the solution to Africa’s rising smoking rates?

“Sweden has the lowest smoking rates and the lowest rate of smoking-related deaths in Europe. When are we going to learn from them?” These were the sentiments echoed by Dr. Kgosi Letlape, head of the Africa Medical Association. Dr. Letlape has hailed snus for its ability to help cut smoking rates across Scandinavia. He also expressed frustration at...

Illicit cigarettes a window for organised crime into Uganda — BAT

BAT Uganda last month released its half-year results and area director BAT East Africa market, Crispin Achola, was in town to appraise the business. Senior content producer Paul Busharizi met up with him to talk about the business. Below are excerpts from the interview. Q: BAT has remained profitable through the pandemic, what do you...

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...