September 2021

Driving Addiction: Tobacco Sponsorship in Formula One

When will F1 catch up to other sports and ban tobacco sponsorship? In 2021, the tobacco industry is projected to spend an estimated $105 million on Formula 1 sponsorship. The staggering amount confirms a concerning trend: Tobacco industry spending in F1 has increased, reaching its highest levels since 2006—the year tobacco companies were supposed to be...

August 2021

Nigeria: NBC told to sanction BBNaija for public smoking

An anti-tobacco group, ‘The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance, NTCA and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have jointly written to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction the Big Brother Naija show. The BBNaija show which has entered season 6 show ‘Shine Ya Eyes’, was accused of flouting the government’s directive on smoking. The...

USA: Proposed increases is tobacco taxes will hurt PA communities | Opinion

Congress is currently moving forward with aggressive policies that will significantly increase the federal tax on all tobacco products. This misguided policy won’t encourage smoking cessation, as it intends, but in fact it will cause more people to smoke, invite new criminal enterprises, and stoke racial division in our communities. Further, when you look...

India: Govt To Enforce Ban On Sale Of Tobacco Products Near Hospitals, Edu Inst

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad Wednesday chaired a meeting of District Level Coordination Committee under National Tobacco Control Programme to review the implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COPTA) at DC Office here. During the meeting, the DC laid stress on the need of awareness generation among the masses regarding...

Learning from COVID to tackle the tobacco epidemic

For the better part of two years, the attention of policymakers and health experts across Europe and North America has been focused on the battle against COVID. With vaccination campaigns cutting into hospitalization numbers and giving public health experts space to breathe, the World Health Organization is seeking to put another major global health...

VPASA slams WHO’s comments branding e-cigarettes as ’harmful’

Johannesburg - The Vapour Products Association is concerned with how vaping has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest report. And chief executive Asanda Gcoyi said labelling vaping as “harmful” was reckless. “The WHO, along with many other groups opposed to e-cigarettes and vaping, has once again demonstrated a lack of understanding...

BATNF Plans N2bn Investment to Boost Small Holder Farming

The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) has announced plans to invest over N2 billion to support small holder farmers across the 36 States in the federation. The move, according to the foundation, is aimed at improving the lives of smallholder farmers and enabling them to move from subsistence to commercial agriculture to boost food...

Working with consumers to end tobacco’s death toll

With many global challenges, the solutions are a troubling combination of uncertain, disruptive, expensive, and lengthy. But sometimes we have the good fortune to be able to rapidly deal with problems, such as those that can be addressed through measures such as sanitation and vaccination. Add tobacco’s toll to that list. Cigarette smoking vies with...