Tag - Tobacco control

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...

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...

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...

FG launches dashboard for tobacco control

THE NIGERIAN government has launched a dashboard to monitor tobacco products as part of efforts to combat smoking in the country. The Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) dashboard is a virtual (web-based) dashboard that provides all data on tobacco products, including information on prevalence, taxation, harm, illicit trade as well as industry interference in tobacco use,...

S.A can learn from other countries about youth & vape products

Electronic Vapour Products (EVPs) were designed as tobacco harm reduction tools to deliver nicotine to adult smokers with the aim of helping them find a potentially less harmful alternative. The inhalation of smoke from combustible cigarettes – along with tar and carbon monoxide - raises health risks for a range of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including...

African countries need tighter controls to curb growing tobacco use

Average global smoking rates have fallen over the past 12 years with the proportion of people aged 15 or older who smoke declining from 22.6% in 2007 to 19.6% in 2019. However, tobacco use still poses a significant health, economic and social burden worldwide. In fact, some countries – mostly in Africa – are experiencing increases in smoking...