WNTD2022

Anti-smoking mural created by Sharonlea Primary pupils wins top honours – and cash – with youngsters becoming tobacco control ambassadors

JOHANNESBURG – A striking NO to tobacco mural painted by pupils from Sharonlea Primary in Randburg has been announced as the winner of the Sibo Manqoba Schools Mural Art Competition. The Johannesburg school was awarded the top honours after it beat other selected schools who were all asked to produce artworks in the form of...

ATCA joins SA’s public health organisations to call to plug the e-cigarette regulation gap

Johannesburg – The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has called for urgent regulation of e-cigarettes through the swift implementation of the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill. The non-profit, non-government, professional organisations are joined by South Africa’s public health organisations in calling for the implementation of the tobacco control bill, which requires...

Pupils lead the way against smoking through art

It’s often said by experts that young people are the ones that are most vulnerable to smoking, with nearly nine out of 10 smokers taking up the habit during their teenage years. Flavoured smokeless tobacco products, such as vaping, have been blamed for making this unhealthy habit more appealing to the youth. But thanks to...

Africa will be the world’s ashtray if big tobacco is able to get its way Rachel Kitonyo and Jeffrey Drope

Smoking in the west is declining, so the industry is turning to untapped markets, where governments must act to stop it. For decades, smoking has been on the rise, driving more than 100m deaths in the 20th century alone and creating health and other costs of about $1,500bn a year that have hampering global growth. According to a report...

WNTD 2022: Tobacco is a threat to our Existence – VALD

Ahead of this years World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) celebration on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) is joining the World Health Organization (WHO), its partners and millions of people across the world to mark the Day 2022. This year’s celebration is on the theme, “Tobacco: threat to our environment”. The campaign...

World No Tobacco Day 2022 in African Region

Message from WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti The world marks World No Tobacco Day on 31 May every year, to raise awareness of the negative health, social, economic and environmental impacts of tobacco production and use. This year’s theme, “Tobacco: Threat to our environment”, aims to highlight the environmental impact of the entire...

I quit smoking to live a healthier life

 Ernest Ajayi, a 45 years-old civil servant who resides in Abuja, recalls that he picked up smoking because he thought “smoking made people look successful, classy and respected”. He said growing up, many movies portrayed the rich and influential people were smokers and that enticed him to start smoking in his early twenties at the...

WHO Raises the Alarm over Dangers of Environmental Impact of Tobacco Industry

*Says vaccinations, natural immunity to slash Africa’s COVID deaths by 94% in 2022 Ndubuisi Francis and Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja with agency report The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the alarm on the extent to which tobacco damages both the environment and human health, calling for steps to make the industry more accountable for the...

Ministry Of Health Intensifies Tobacco Free-Farms Campaign

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has intensified Tobacco Free Farms sensitization campaigns across 20 regions in the country ahead of World No Tobacco Day scheduled for 31st May this year in a bid to ensure reduction of tobacco-related deaths. Speaking to the press at the Agricultural Training Center (ATC) in the outskirts of Kisii town,...

Large Portion Of Youths Addicted To Tobacco, Study Shows

Preliminary findings have shown that tobacco use the usage of tobacco has remained prevalent despite the efforts done to avert the devastating health and environmental impacts of the drug. In a study conducted in Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi Counties since March this year, 3 out of 10 youths use tobacco showing with a majority of...