INDEX: TOBACCO ADVERTISING, PROMOTION AND SPONSORSHIP IN AFRICA
Through advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, the tobacco industry markets its products and continues to keep users hooked on nicotine. Several African countries have laws with either partial or total bans of tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship but the tobacco industry always finds ways to circumvent these bans and continue to market its deadly products.
The Afro Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS) index helps to pinpoint where and how the tobacco industry violates legal provisions on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. It also helps to spotlight the importance of adopting and implementing strong TAPS regulations, thereby providing an opportunity for stakeholders to call on government to act in that direction and an opportunity for civil society to expose and denounce industry interference initiatives related to the implementation of TAS bans.
A shadow report on the implementation of Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Africa, this index looks at TAPS laws and their implementation in 18 African countries namely Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda.
Presentations at the launch of the index
WHO FCTC Article 13 Stops Tobacco Industry Marketing by Dr. Mary Assunta
Africa Tobacco Advertising, Promotion & Sponsorship (Afro Taps) Index By Dr Catherine O. Egbe
Status of TAPS in the Southeast Asia region by Irene Patricia Reyes TID Project Officer