Tag - Health

BAT Uganda Calls For Urgent Government Action Against Illicit Trade In Cigarettes

BAT Uganda has called for enhanced action against illicit trade in Uganda, following a report, which indicates that the illicit cigarette trade in the country continues to rise significantly. The research commissioned by BAT Uganda and conducted by Kantar covered the second half of 2021 and found that 23.8 per cent of the cigarettes sold...

Nigerian govt raises tax on cigarettes to 30%

The minister quoted the 6th edition of Tobacco Atlas, which estimates that more than 26,800 annual deaths occur from tobacco-related diseases in Nigeria. Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, has said the government increased tax on cigarettes from 20 to 30 per cent in June to dissuade Nigerians from tobacco consumption. The minister disclosed...

Growing use of e-cigarettes could lead to increase in tobacco smoking, Australia’s peak medical body warns

Key points: Professor Anne Kelso is warning vape users the products can cause a range of medical problems, including seizures and lung injury There are concerns young people are increasingly turning to e-cigarettes for recreational use A seller says there is a rising black market of illegal vaping products contributing to the problem Australia's peak body...

Big Tobacco’s price games undermine tobacco taxation

Taxation is the most effective form of tobacco control, but the tobacco industry uses a variety of sophisticated pricing strategies to undermine tax increases. When a government budget announces an increase on the price of a packet of cigarettes, the tobacco company just passes it on to the consumer, right? No, not quite, according to...

Tobacco is a threat to a just and sustainable development

The EU is preparing a due diligence law by June 2021 to hold companies accountable for their impact on people and the planet. There is an urgent need to address the human rights violations, child labour, environmental impact, and disinformation of the tobacco industry, write Helen Stjerna, Farida Akhter, and Sonja von Eichborn. Helen Stjerna...