Tag - Ghana

Ghana must not falter in fight against illegal tobacco trade

Ghana is set to complete its ratification of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, an international treaty under the aegis of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The move is a landmark step for a country where one in five cigarettes are sold illegally and an encouraging one, given the deleterious effects that the...

Ghana: Stakeholders discuss tobacco taxation to reduce tobacco consumption

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD)/Tax Advocacy Network for Health Promotion has held a national stakeholders meeting on tobacco taxation to help reduce tobacco consumption in Ghana. The non-governmental organization is undertaking a tobacco taxation project in the country under the auspices of the Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA), with support from Bill and Melinda...

Ghana: CSOs in Tobacco Control condemn Sarkodie’s Public Smoking stunt, demand apology

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Tobacco Control in Ghana have condemned the public display of smoking on social media by Mr. Michael Owusu Addo known in ShowBiz circles as Sarkodie. The CSO’s described the act by the two-time BET Award winner as unprofessional, unethical and unhealthy. They also expressed disappointment in Sarkodie for not considering...

Ghana: Ban Shisha To Safeguard Health & Wellbeing – VALD To Gov’t

The Programme Director of Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), Labram M. Musah has reiterated the need for the government to ban the use of shisha or water-pipe to secure the health of the population. According to him, the future will continue to be uncertain, especially with the youth developing chronic diseases, due to tobacco use. Mr...

Ghana: Tobacco has NO benefits except to destroy “Commit to quit” Now!

31st of May of every year serves as a global opportunity for countries to deepen awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use in any form, take stock of progress in advancing tobacco control and make policy recommendations for action on tobacco control. This year’s commemoration is on the theme, ‘Commit to Quit’....

Ghana: Chairman of MATCOH calls for probe into the suspension of Tobacco Contract

Chairman of the Media Alliance in Tobacco Control and Health (MATCOH), Mr. Jeorge Wilson Kingson, has called for a probe into circumstances that led to the suspension of a contract between the government of Ghana and the United Kingdom (UK) security printing firm De La Rue. MATCOH is a group of media professionals and practitioners...

Ghana: 54.1% of boys in JHS/SHS use drugs, 34.3% of girls smoke shisha – Survey

It has been revealed that 54.1% of boys in Junior High and Senior High Schools use cannabis, while 34.3% of the girls smoke shisha. This is according to a survey by the Consultative Committee to Combat Drug Menace in Schools.  Conducted in 176 schools across the country, the survey was geared towards ascertaining the source and...

Ghana: VALD warn against tobacco, alcohol consumption as it marks World Cancer Day

On World Cancer Day, the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) is pleased to associate itself to the call by countries, the World Health Organization and civil societies who are joining forces to raise awareness of the global cancer burden and take further steps to better prevent and reduce cancer. The need to step up cancer...

Global Tobacco Index Country Ranking: Ghana Can Perform Better

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), has expressed concern about the continuous tobacco industry interference in public health policies in Ghana and urged the government to improve transparency in its engagement with the industry. It said in a recent global tobacco industry interferences index ranking report, Ghana scored 58 while Uganda, Peru and the United...