February 2021

Nigeria records nearly 30,000 tobacco smoking-related deaths- Research

“Among the disease analysed, nearly 737,366 events are expected each year, of which 127,859 representing 17 per cent are attributable to cigarette consumption." An Abuja-based Centre for the Study of Economies of Africa (CSEA) has reported that a research it conducted had revealed that 28,876 deaths related to tobacco smoking are recorded annually in Nigeria. Marco...

PAHO launches “Florencia,” a Spanish-language artificial intelligence tool to quit smoking

Washington, D.C., February 8, 2021 (PAHO) The Pan American Health Organization today will launch “Florencia,” the Spanish version of an artificial intelligence tool developed by the World Health Organization to help people quit smoking. The launch is part of WHO’s year-long World No Tobacco Day campaign: "Commit to quitting tobacco." Florencia, which is accessible through...

Pakistan: Tobacco control activists demand increase in FED on tobacco products

Tobacco control activists have demanded that the government increase FED on tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco products, in Pakistan. Currently, there are two tax slabs for cigarettes. An amount of Rs 33/- FED is imposed on cigarettes costing less than Rs. 90/- per packet and Rs. 90/- on cigarettes with a price of Rs. 90/-...

Opinion: It’s time for flavored tobacco products to go

Two weeks ago, a bipartisan coalition of 23 state attorneys general called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol cigarettes. We asserted that such a move would benefit public health overall, decrease youth smoking, and help mitigate the harm these products bring to minority populations. But even if the FDA decides...

Ghana: VALD warn against tobacco, alcohol consumption as it marks World Cancer Day

On World Cancer Day, the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) is pleased to associate itself to the call by countries, the World Health Organization and civil societies who are joining forces to raise awareness of the global cancer burden and take further steps to better prevent and reduce cancer. The need to step up cancer...

India: Global study points to rampant tobacco use among adolescents, children

The study, between 2010 and 2018, noted that the prevalence of smoking cigarettes at least one day over a 30-day period was approximately twice as high at the age of 15 as compared to 13 years in both boys and girls Despite an overall reduction in cigarette use over the last 20 years, nearly 1...

France: Calling for ‘tobacco-free generation’, Macron boosts cancer research funds

Macron announced a 20% increase in funding over the next five years to combat a disease that remains the leading cause of death among French men and the second among women. The French president promised to expand awareness campaigns, step up cancer screening and improve support for patients coping with the long-term effects of cancer...