Tag - Africa

Uganda Emerges Best Tobacco Control Champion In Africa

The adage hard work pays has been fulfilled with the pearl of Africa - Uganda, after being announced as the best country on the African continent, which is undoubtedly pushing the tobacco industry against the wall. Uganda has been branded as the best tobacco control champion. This thrilling news was revealed during the virtual launch...

Political will is the vaccine needed against Big Tobacco in Africa

Tobacco kills an estimated eight million people each year globally. And it’s known that the African continent is being targeted by tobacco companies. Are we doing enough to limit its harmful effects? Over the past three weeks, a series of reports has emerged exposing how tobacco giant British American Tobacco has allegedly been manipulating governments in Africa...

Africa: The state of Tobacco Harm Reduction in Africa

The 4th Scientific Summit on Tobacco Harm Reduction took place on September 29 and 30th, 2021. Organized by SCHORE, the International Association on Smoking Control which "vision is to eliminate smoking and smoking-related diseases all together", the summit reunited experts on tobacco, other substance use disorders specialists, and harm reduction professionals. There is an ongoing...

There Are No Holds Barred In Big Tobacco’s Fight For Africa

Several shocking new reports, released by tobacco industry watchdog STOP and covering whistleblower accounts and leaked industry documents, have laid out the latest damning evidence of the tobacco industry’s relentless campaign of dirty dealings in Africa. Tobacco giant British American Tobacco (BAT) apparently ran a mass surveillance operation to spy on its rivals, as well as doling out...

Profit At All Cost: The Sins Of The Tobacco Industry In Africa

“As countries step up efforts to strengthen their tobacco control measures, the tobacco industry is also intensifying its interference.” – Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020. Sandisiwe Kela started smoking when she was 15, and by age 18, she smoked every day. As a curious kid, she could only fight the urge to try out...

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...