Tag - Africa

British American Tobacco (BAT) Conducted Extensive and Potentially Illegal Activity To Undermine Health Policy, Sabotage Competitors And Secure Profits In Africa

British American Tobacco (BAT) Conducted Extensive and Potentially Illegal Activity To Undermine Health Policy, Sabotage Competitors And Secure Profits In Africa New STOP reports reveal how BAT ran a mass surveillance operation and informant network in South Africa and made questionable payments totaling $600,000 in 10 other African countries New York, September 13, 2021 – Two new analyses...

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...

Opportunity: Development Of A Regional Report – Africa Tobacco Industry Interference Index

BACKGROUND ATCA is a non-profit, non-political and continent-wide tobacco control alliance of civil society organizations (CSOs) with a vision to promote health by building a tobacco-free Africa. Established in 2008, the alliance is a unique Pan African tobacco control civil society network and currently has membership in 39 African countries. The alliance has developed...

Tobacco: Silently hiding smokers in graves

Tobacco was historically discovered by a European in the person of Christopher Columbus in 1492, initially, it was only smoked by high-class personalities during festivities but Columbus took it back to Europe where it gained recognition. Smoking increased dramatically during world wars, it was supplied to troops for free mainly to boost their morale but...

Efforts to reduce tobacco harm in Africa up in smoke

Lack of support, inadequate policies and misinformation have been identified as some of the obstacles standing in the way of the reduction of tobacco harm in Africa as discussed during the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) held in Liverpool, England last week. Another disturbing finding about tobacco harm states that the continent has about 77...

146 million Africans die yearly from tobacco-related diseases: WHO

The World Health Organisation has revealed that no fewer than 146 million Africans die annually from tobacco-related diseases. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa said this on Thursday during a virtual press conference. Moeti said tobacco was the leading cause of preventable deaths in the world, emphasized that “smoking damages nearly every organ...

CTCA launches first ever Africa tobacco control conference

Tobacco control policies used in African countries have mostly been informed by research designed and conducted to answer questions to provide solutions for developed settings. Very few policies are is based on tobacco control research generated by researchers on the continent to influence policy discussions in African countries. This is why, as one of the agencies...

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...