Tag - Tobacco control

Forum: Tobacco-free generation proposal – time to look at how it may be applied

Tobacco is the leading cause of death and diseases in the world. There are more forceful and innovative interventions that enlightened governments can adopt. New Zealand just set a model for the world with its game-changing tobacco control plan, moving beyond tobacco control towards a tobacco-free future. New Zealand will first limit the number of stores that...

Research: Kenya choosing unregulated tobacco over safer alternatives

A research group from the University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Medicine, has found that Kenya is choosing unregulated and potentially dangerous tobacco and traditional oral stimulants, despite safer alternatives being available on the market. A new report titled “Review of the risks and toxicants of smokeless tobacco and khat products available in Kenya” is a...

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...

Africa: Tobacco Harm Reduction: Will There Ever Be a Viable Consensus?

The E-cigarette summit – science, regulation, and public health, took place virtually on the 7th and 8th of December, 2021. Scientists, policymakers and public health professionals have been participating in this event annually since 2013. On the 7th, a session titled "The new tobacco wars", was introduced, and detailed by Clive Bates, a strong advocate of Tobacco...

Protect the environment, World No Tobacco Day 2022 will give you one more reason to quit

WHO today announces the 2022 global campaign for World No Tobacco Day - “Tobacco: Threat to our environment."  . The campaign is aimed to raise awareness among the public on the environmental impact of tobacco – from cultivation, production, distribution and waste. It will give tobacco users one extra reason to quit. The campaign will...

Tobacco farmers in Migori call for fair trade practices

The government is on the spot for doing little to address problems facing tobacco growing in Nyanza. Tobacco farming has been practiced in Kuria East and Kuria West constituencies in Migori for many years, enabling many families to cater to their basic needs. The farmers are now calling on the government to ensure fair trade practices...

Nigerian Entertainment Sector Supports FG’s Tobacco Control Act, Regulations

Concerned about the growing evidence linking the entertainment industry with the uptick of tobacco use and worried by its impact on public health, the Nigerian entertainment industry has drummed support for the regulation and control of tobacco usage in the country. At a One-Day Stakeholder Roundtable on the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 and the...

Sars Customs seizes illegal cigarettes, hookah-pipe tobacco, scrap metal worth R40 million in Durban Harbour, Polokwane and Johannesburg

Modern risk detection systems and other law enforcement agencies have assisted the South African Division of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) Customs division in seizing illicit cigarettes, hookah-pipe tobacco and scrap metal with a total tax prejudice of R40 million. Sars said the illegal cigarettes were detected in Durban Harbour and valued at R35m...

Philip Morris wants cigarettes banned by 2030? About that …

This announcement has nothing to do with getting people to quit tobacco—and everything to do with migrating smokers to other addictive forms of tobacco like PMI’s iQOS product, which heats tobacco rather than burning it. Philip Morris International (PMI) received a healthy amount of press attention when it declared a few months ago that it wants traditional combustible...

Public health groups urge govt to hike excise duty on tobacco products

According to them, increasing excise on all tobacco products can be a very effective policy measure to address the immediate need to raise revenue by the central government. Public health groups, along with economists and doctors, have urged the government to increase excise duty on all tobacco products in the Union Budget of 2022-23 to...