Tag - Covid-19

Ending Tobacco Farming Leads To A Healthy Environment And A Healthier Population

Op-ed - The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. Tobacco kills more than 8 million people every year, and around 1.2 million of these deaths are due to exposure to second-hand smoke. This is far greater compare to deaths due to COVID-19 and it has been...

Reject Covid-19 vaccines from tobacco ‘giant’ Philip Morris – VALD charges MoH

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) has called on government of Ghana through the Ministry of Health to honour its WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) obligation and reject Medicago’s Covifenz vaccine when offered. The Executive Director of Programs for VALD, Labram Musah detailed in a press release that, the Quebec- based pharmaceutical company,...

Nigerian govt cautioned against accepting Philip Morris’ COVID-19 vaccine

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has alerted the Nigerian government to the possibility of the Canadian government approaching it to accept the Medicgo COVID-19 vaccine (Covifenz), which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reportedly not approved. The WHO is said to have refused to approve the Medicago vaccine because Philip Morris is...

“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...