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Tobacco kills 30,000 Nigerians every year

Tobacco diseases kill an estimated 30,000 Nigerians yearly despite government initiatives and the Tobacco Monitoring Dashboard collecting data on tobacco control and disease prevalence to help curtail its use. World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Walter Molumbo expressed concern that non-communicable diseases are overtaking communicable diseases in the number of deaths they cause in Nigeria. “Close...

Nigeria And The Threats Of Tobacco Smoking

The warning that ‘Smokers are liable to die young’ is always ubiquitously written on the packs of most cigarettes, but to digest the message is one thing and to do it is a different matter. If those who consume tobacco products in Nigeria continue to do so at grave risk to their health, it...

If we want to fight cancer, we should tax the companies that cause it

We tax cigarettes and sodas because they’re bad for you. We should tax companies that put carcinogens in the environment. ​​Americans don’t agree on much of anything lately. Except taxes – who doesn’t hate taxes? And also cancer: everyone hates cancer. Maybe hating cancer was on President Joe Biden’s mind when, earlier this month, he shared...

FG Told To Operationalise Tobacco Control Fund

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has decried the needless delay in operationalising the tobacco control fund. The alliance, therefore urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency operationalise the tobacco control fund in the interest of Nigerians and their safety. The group made the call at a briefing in Abuja with the theme:...

Tobacco smoking: For the graphic health warning policy, delay is dangerous

The decision of the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) to call out SmokeBoxNG and DaSmokeHub, two popular tobacco vendors for marketing tobacco products on social media, has put tobacco industry activities in Nigeria on the spotlight again. Both organisations, operating from Lagos and Abuja, were called out in CAPPA’s “Report on Tobacco Industry Capture of the Virtual...

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...

Tobacco Consumption Slows In The West, Grows In Africa, Say Researchers

Cigarette smuggling has emerged as one of the most lucrative enterprises between Zimbabwe and South Africa, with border authorities seizing contraband worth millions of dollars in recent years. Last month, South African police confiscated cigarettes worth ZAR1,7 million (about USD105,000) from Zimbabwean smugglers who have taken advantage of porous border controls between the two southern African countries...

The FDA and Juul are fighting over a vape ban, but the role of e-cigarettes in the world of tobacco abuse is not clear-cut

On June 23, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that all Juul products must be removed from U.S. markets. This decision essentially broadened an existing ban on teen use of the company’s nicotine e-cigarettes to include adults as well. The next day, Juul asked a federal appeals court to temporarily block the...

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...

Catholics should care about restricting cigarettes

2022 has been a massive year for public health. No, I am not referring to Covid. In the past few months, the Food and Drug Administration has launched a number of tobacco control measures designed to bring the United States more in line with international standards for cigarette regulation. In April, for instance, the...