February 2021

Biden Should Choose Science over Politics and Embrace Tobacco Harm Reduction

Will the new Biden administration choose science over politics? The commandment to “believe science” has become a rallying cry, one echoed by Joe Biden during his presidential campaign when he promised to “choose science over fiction.” If that is true, his new administration should embrace tobacco harm -reduction, a public health strategy that, instead...

Ghana: 54.1% of boys in JHS/SHS use drugs, 34.3% of girls smoke shisha – Survey

It has been revealed that 54.1% of boys in Junior High and Senior High Schools use cannabis, while 34.3% of the girls smoke shisha. This is according to a survey by the Consultative Committee to Combat Drug Menace in Schools.  Conducted in 176 schools across the country, the survey was geared towards ascertaining the source and...

BAT’s PR agency tried to bribe Bureau’s Kenyan reporter

An employee of a Kenyan PR agency working for British American Tobacco (BAT) offered a bribe to a journalist to leak details of the Bureau’s investigation into how the company has targeted young non-smokers. BAT has parted company with the agency, Engage BCW, with immediate effect and is investigating the incident. Engage, which is affiliated...

Tobacco control regulation: Commission to confiscate cigarettes sold in sticks

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products via the internet, single cigarettes and small packets of cigarettes, sale via vending machines and sale to persons under the age of 18. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) says it will not hesitate to confiscate cigarettes sold in sticks at the expiration of the...

Tobacco giant bets £1bn on influencers to boost ‘more lung-friendly’ sales

As smoking falls out of fashion, BAT is pinning its hopes on younger users of e-cigarettes and nicotine pouches. Flashing an ice-white smile for her 50,000 followers on TikTok, a fresh-faced young woman pops a flavoured nicotine pouch into her mouth, as one of Pakistan’s most popular love songs plays in the background. More than 3,000...

India: Need To tighten Tobacco Control

The 17 years of working of COTPA was useful to a certain extent in defying the tobacco industry’s tactics to advertise and promote tobacco use in India. However, in spite of the Government’s best efforts to effectively enforce the law and civil society’s efforts to ensure that violations are adequately reported, the industry has...

Kenya: Authorities should take measures to protect the young generation from online marketing of tobacco products.

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) Lomé, 25 February 2021 An investigative report published by The Guardian reveals that British American Tobacco (BAT) is using influencers to promote its products online. The report exposes BAT's efforts to market its next generation products in Kenya, citing the East African country as one...

Area under tobacco cultivation in Africa rose over 3% in 6 yrs: WHO report

The number of tobacco users in the WHO African Region increased to 73 million in 2018 from 64 million adult users in 2000. Production of tobacco leaves shifted to developing countries from high-income countries, especially in Africa, in the last decade. The size of area under tobacco cultivation and the amount of tobacco leaf produced...