NEWS AND EVENTS - TOBACCO INDUSTRY NEWS
The only interest of the tobacco industry is profits from its business. Read articles that bring out arguments put forth by tobacco companies attempting to justify their claims. This section also highlights arguments, actions, activities and strategies of tobacco industry allies and front groups in favor of the tobacco industry.

Over 60% Of Smokers Believe Health Warning Labels Are Exaggerated: Global State of Smoking Poll Study

March 12, 2020: Among tobacco smokers around the world, there is a growing misperception that e-cigarettes are equally or more harmful than combustible cigarettes, according to the Global State of Smoking Poll Study released today by the Foundation for Smoke Free World (FSFW).

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Lesotho: BAT Blasts New Tobacco Levy

March 10, 2020: THE British American Tobacco (BAT) says the proposed 30 percent levy on tobacco will benefit cigarette smugglers rather than the Lesotho economy.
Last week Finance Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro said the government is working to impose a 15 percent levy on alcohol and 30 percent levy on tobacco products.

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The Raging Debate On E-Cigarettes; Is Africa Missing Out?
March 17, 2020: On one hand, cigarette manufacturers offer these alternatives as less risky, scientifically cleared substitutes with potential to cut well-documented health effects of consuming tobacco and nicotine. On the other hand, anti-tobacco activists favour a campaign that advocates for total cessation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the safest approach is to use neither conventional nor e-cigarettes.

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South Africa: Tobacco Industry Lobby Group To Be Stubbed Out
January 22, 2020: The Tobacco Institute of South Africa – an organisation established to pursue the interests of tobacco companies in the country – announced in a statement released on Wednesday that it would be winding down its functions in the tobacco industry.

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Tips from former smokers: James’ story (CDC)