April 2021

US$ 1.4 trillion lost every year to tobacco use – New tobacco tax manual shows ways to save money and build back better after COVID-19

WHO’s new Technical Manual on Tobacco Tax Policy and Administration shows countries ways to cut down on over US$1.4 trillion in health expenditures and lost productivity due to tobacco use worldwide. Improved tobacco taxation policies can also be a key component of building back better after COVID-19, where countries need additional resources to respond and...

We can build a fairer, healthier Africa when we effectively tackle the maneuvers of the tobacco industry.

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) on the occasion of World Health Day 2021 Lomé, 07 April 2021 This year, World Health Day mandates us to reflect on measures to make the world fairer and healthier. TheWorld Health Organization notes that the world is currently an unequal one because “as COVID-19...

India: ‘Majority smokers against plan to ban sale of loose cigarettes’

They believe that this decision to reduce tobacco use may instead force smokers to buy full packs. New Delhi: An overwhelming majority of smokers do not support the proposal to ban the sale of loose cigarettes and designated smoking areas under the amendments in the law on cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to a...

Kenya: Health ministry asked to reject return of nicotine pouch Lyft to Kenyan market

The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance accused the Lyft manufacturer, BAT, of trying to amend laws to suit its 'highly addictive' narcotic product. The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance has asked the government to ensure the pouches are not allowed into the Kenyan market if the manufacturer is not ready to follow the...

Cambodia: Tobacco tie-up ban for educational institutions

The Ministry of Education has issued a directive to all public and private educational institutions nationwide that they are not allowed to partner with or receive support from the tobacco industry for any of their programmes and activities. In a directive signed by the Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron and viewed by Khmer Times...

USA: Groups renew effort to have certain tobacco products banned

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s a growing effort to ban menthol cigarettes, which anti-smoking advocates said are intentionally marketed to children and minority communities. More than a dozen organizations first signed a petition to have menthol cigarettes banned in 2013. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is under a court order to respond to that push after...

UK: Defra considers charging tobacco industry for cigarette litter

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced today (30 March) that it will be considering measures to enforce fees for tobacco companies to pay for the litter created by cigarettes. Such measures would require the tobacco industry to pay the full disposal costs of tobacco waste products as part of a regulatory extended...

New Zealand: Cancer Society petition calls for significant reduction of tobacco retailers

Today the Cancer Society is launching a petition calling for a significant reduction in the number of shops able to sell tobacco. Cancer Society Chief Executive Lucy Elwood says New Zealand will not reach its Smokefree 2025 goal without legislation to greatly limit the availability of the most harmful consumer product in history. “Tobacco kills about...