Tag - Ghana

WNTD 2022: Tobacco is a threat to our Existence – VALD

Ahead of this years World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) celebration on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, the Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) is joining the World Health Organization (WHO), its partners and millions of people across the world to mark the Day 2022. This year’s celebration is on the theme, “Tobacco: threat to our environment”. The campaign...

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,...

Ghana selected as 2030 WHO tobacco project country

Ghana has been selected as the Phase Three 2030 project country of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This means that the country will, among others, receive financial and technical support to develop and implement a comprehensive national tobacco control strategy. The country was selected after a rigorous selection process by...

CSOs Urged To Come Out With Solid Evidence To Change Tobacco Tax Structure

Dr Godfred Seidu Jasaw, the Member of Parliament for Wa East has called on civil society organisation (CSO) to join hands and come out with solid evidence to help in the change of the tobacco tax structure. He said: “If it is necessary to change the tobacco tax from ad valorem to specific tax or...

Shisha, other substances predisposing Ghanaians to Tuberculosis – Ghana Health Service

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it is concerned about the acceptance and widespread smoking of shisha in the country. The Service says it has observed an increase in smoking of tobacco, especially Shisha, which appears to be widely accepted in the Ghanaian society. There is a misconception that shishas are not as harmful as cigarettes,...

Writing is on the wall: Pictorial health warnings reduce tobacco use

More evidence from scientific research is pouring in to show that graphic pictorial health warnings on all tobacco products are very effective in preventing children and youngsters from starting to consume tobacco, and in encouraging existing tobacco users to quit the lethal addiction. This is not only great news for public health and social...

Specific tax on tobacco needed to improve public health – Study

A study by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), has said if excise tax was levied as a specific tax on tobacco, it would significantly improve the fiscal and public health effects in Ghana. However, it said, since the specific tax would be eroded by inflation, the Ministry of Finance should regularly...

FDA to regulate tobacco adverts

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is liaising with the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation to regulate the advertisement of tobacco and its associate products as part of measures to control its increasing use among the youth. “Though measures have been taken over the years to curb the publicity of tobacco and tobacco products, it...

FDA strategises on tobacco control enforcement in Eastern Region

The Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA)in collaboration with key stakeholders in Eastern Region is implementing a road map for enforcing tobacco control regulations to safeguard public health and safety. The Ghana Health Service, Ghana Police Service, Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority, National Security, Traditional Authorities, Trader Associations, National Investigation Bureau, media, and municipal assemblies...

2021 Budget should increase taxes on tobacco, alcoholic beverages – VALD

Accra, Oct. 21, GNA - The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organization has launched a 2020 Tobacco Industry Interferences Index Report- Ghana with a call on government to announce in its 2021 budget tax increases on tobacco, alcoholic beverages and other unhealthy products. It stated that since 2015, there had not been tax...