Tag - Cigarettes

Nollywood: NGO, NFVCB launch campaign against smoking in children’s movies

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Smoke-Free Nollywood, and the National Film and Video Censors Board(NFVCB) have launched a digital media campaign to discourage smoking scenes in-home movies watched by children. The Creative Director, Smoke Free Nollywood, Ms. Esther Aghotor, announced this said in a statement on Tuesday, in Abuja. According to her, a visual Public Service Announcement (PSA)...

Indonesia to raise tobacco excise by 12per cent on average in 2022

Indonesia will raise excise tax rate for tobacco products by an average 12per cent next year, with a higher increase for machine-rolled cigarettes than hand rolled cigarettes, which will see a maximum 4.5per cent hike, its finance minister said. Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the decision took into account the government's target to reduce smoking among...

Cigarettes must cost €60 per packet before addicted smokers will quit

A sharp increase in tobacco taxes will not prevent most smokers from smoking. Half of all smokers in the Netherlands say they'll only quit at a price of 60 euros per pack. At prices from 12 euros per pack, only 10 percent of smokers will stop, according to research by Maastricht University (UM). Of the...

Reward smokers who want to quit, not punish them with taxes

The current debate on tobacco harm reduction in Malaysia is unbalanced, with far too great an emphasis on taxation and the state’s role in dictating the health of its citizens. In a paper published recently by the Property Rights Alliance (International Best Practices for Tobacco and Nicotine Public Policy), which we co-authored with three Malaysian...

Smokers spend N146,000 yearly on cigarettes, statistics show

More people are smoking now than ever. In metropolitan cities like Lagos, finding a non-smoker can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. According to statistics published in the medical magazine The Lancet, the number of active smokers in 2019 has increased to 1.14 billion (1,140,000,000) people globally. Smoking is still as deadly as ever....

Africa: Is the World Health Organization Slowing Down the Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Harm?

On the 2nd of November 2021, the Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) organized a Diginar (digital seminar) with an unequivocal title: WHO’s (World Health Organization) Dictatorial Tobacco Control Policies Ahead of COP-9. The ninth session of Conference of the Parties (COP 9) is being held from November 8th to 13, 2021. The Framework...

COP9: the Secret Tobacco Control Meeting You Can’t Attend

The ninth meeting of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will be held next week, from Nov. 8-13. FCTC is an international treaty organization, created under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) FCTC’s 180 member countries (“Parties” to the treaty) meet every two years—although last year’s conference was postponed until now due to...

South Africa: Tobacco companies stepped up influence efforts during Covid, report finds

Firms increased charitable donations to the healthcare sector, and was ‘unnecessarily’ involved in fight against illicit trade in cigarettes, global industry watchdog says. The government’s efforts to limit the influence of the tobacco industry weakened during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released on Tuesday by the global tobacco industry watchdog STOP. The 2021 Global...

After buying health company Vectura, tobacco giant Philip Morris will profit from treating the illnesses its products create

Cigarettes are the only legal consumer product that kill up to half of their users when consumed exactly as the manufacturer intended. The diseases they cause cost Australia’s health system A$136.9 billion a year. Philip Morris International (PMI) is one of the global leaders in the cigarette supply chain. But with steady declines in cigarette sales over the past 20 years, tobacco companies...

Smokers up to 80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid, study says

Data also finds smokers more likely to die from disease compared with those who have never smoked. Smokers are 60%-80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and also more likely to die from the disease, data suggests. A study, which pooled observational and genetic data on smoking and Covid-19 to strengthen the evidence base,...