Tag - Covid-19

“Tobacco industry used Covid-19 pandemic to build influence with governments”, WHO report

The fourth WHO global tobacco trends report release shows that there are 1.30 billion tobacco users globally compared to 1.32 billion in 2015. This number is expected to drop to 1.27 billion by 2025. Sixty countries are now on track to achieving the voluntary global target of a 30% reduction in tobacco use between...

Tobacco use falling: WHO urges countries to invest in helping more people to quit tobacco

The fourth WHO global tobacco trends report released today, shows that there are 1.30 billion tobacco users globally compared to 1.32 billion in 2015. This number is expected to drop to 1.27 billion by 2025. Sixty countries are now on track to achieving the voluntary global target of a 30% reduction in tobacco use between...

Tobacco use continues to fall, but still ‘long way to go’

The number of tobacco users continues to decrease globally, going from 1.32 billion in 2015 to 1.30 billion last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) said onTuesday. And according to the fourth WHO global tobacco trends report, that number is expected to continue to drop to 1.27 billion by 2025. Sixty countries are now on track to achieving the voluntary global target of a 30% per cent reduction by 2025, an increase from two years ago, when only 32 countries...

At the other COP, countries eye an investment fund for tobacco control

At the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, or COP 9, countries have adopted a proposal to set up an investment fund that would help generate additional resources for tobacco control. The proposed investment fund aims to raise $50 million, mainly from governments, and...

Tobacco industry ‘preyed on’ governments during COVID-19 — report

“Although smoking is identified as a risk factor for more severe symptoms of COVID-19, for the tobacco industry, it was business as usual,” said Dr. Mary Assunta, lead author of the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2021, during a press briefing Tuesday.

Report: tobacco companies have had “a high degree of interference” in government of Dominican Republic

Interference in governments of other countries as well. DR appears among the countries where there was more interference. New York The tobacco industry used the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to gain influence in the governments of 80 countries, which were vulnerable to lobbying and charitable donations from those companies, according to a report published Tuesday...

Opinion: Why commitments to tobacco control at COP 9 are critical

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP 26, has dominated international discourse in recent months, creating space for governments worldwide to promise action that will hopefully limit the impacts of climate change. However, another COP event is taking place at the same time. COP 9 — the ninth session of the conference...

South Africa: Calls for stronger tobacco control as new study links smoking to Covid-19 deaths

Study supports Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's temporary ban on tobacco sales as it established a link between smoking and Covid-19 complications. National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) says now is the time to tighten tobacco control in the country. New evidence shows a strong link between smoking and increased risks of severe Covid-19. According to UK Biobank research published in a leading...

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...

Tobacco smugglers cash in on pandemic – JTI

Tobacco smugglers all over the world have taken advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to promote their low-cost, inferior products to low-income consumers, according to Japan Tobacco International (JTI). Speaking during a webinar on "Anti-Illicit Trade and Getting to Net Zero: Sustainable Strategies to Stamp out Illegal Trade of Tobacco Product," Ian Monteith, JTI senior global director for anti-illegal trade, said...