Tag - Public health

Minister: Govt will play leading role in speedy passage of Tobacco Control Act

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her determination to make Bangladesh tobacco-free by 2040 by prioritizing public health State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman has said that the government will play a leading role in favor of the revised draft law of Tobacco Control Act when it will be placed before...

Labour’s plan to ban tobacco sales to anyone born after 2008

Other measures would look at how to make smoking unaffordable and inaccessible to younger generations. Retailers could be prohibited from selling cigarettes to anyone born after 2008 if the Labour party wins the next general election. Speaking to the BBC this month, shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said the party would consult on a number of tobacco reviews, which would...

Kenya anti-tobacco crusaders fault President Ruto’s South Korea deal

A group of advocates of tobacco use control have denounced the deal Kenya’s President William Ruto made with South Korea to enhance tobacco trade, saying it will put more Kenyans at risk of diseases linked to the farming and use of the product. The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (Ketca), an umbrella body of civil society organisations...

How Sub-Saharan Africa can significantly reduce its cigarette consumption

Sub-Saharan Africa is poised to suffer a tobacco pandemic given the overall prevalence of cigarette consumption. This is a result of the tobacco industry's aggressive marketing campaigns, rapid economic and population expansion, or both. The demand for tobacco goods can be decreased by raising the excise duty on these items since higher taxes make tobacco products more expensive...

EU tobacco taxation: The fine line between killing smoking and illicit trade

The European Union’s plans to further increase tobacco taxation and reduce declining smoking rates across the bloc have pleased public health advocates, but the industry warns that tax revenues may be disrupted by the rise of illicit markets that flourish when taxes are high. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco taxation is an...

Mexico: the long road to tobacco control

In 2004, Mexico became the first country in the Americas to ratify the landmark WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, but it would take another 20 years before its measures became enshrined in Mexican law. “When you’re up against one of the biggest, most powerful industries in the world, endurance, persistence, and collaboration are...

Why Big Tobacco’s attempts to rehabilitate its image are so dangerous

In September, Imperial Tobacco Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of British American Tobacco, was awarded the “Great Place to Work” certification, one of the leading authorities on workplace culture. Since then, Imperial Tobacco Canada representatives have met with graduate students across the country, including at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, York University’s Schulich School of Business and McGill University’s...

Percentage of Filipinos who smoke, use tobacco decreases to 19.5% —survey

The prevalence of current tobacco use and smoking among Filipinos aged 15 and above decreased in 2021 to 19.5% of the population or 15.1 million, according to the results of the 2021 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). At a press forum on Tuesday, Dr. Vito Roque Jr. of the Department of Health's (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau...

New Zealand passes legislation banning cigarettes for future generations

New Zealand will phase in a near-total tobacco ban from next year. Legislation passed by parliament on Tuesday means that anyone born after 2008 will never be able to buy cigarettes or tobacco products. It will mean the number of people able to buy tobacco will shrink each year. By 2050, for example, 40-year-olds will be...

US supreme court thwarts tobacco companies’ effort to undermine ban on flavored products

RJ Reynolds and other firms sought the high court’s intervention to keep the ban from taking effect by 21 December. The supreme court has upheld California’s ban on flavored tobacco products, thwarting an effort by tobacco companies to stop it from being enforced. The ban was passed overwhelmingly by voters in the November midterm elections, but...

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