Tag - Tobacco control

Germany approves tobacco and e-cigarette tax hike

Smokers - of both electronic cigarettes and the regular variety - will have to reach deeper into their pockets in the coming year, after the German Bundestag signed off a bill to raise taxes on cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco heaters.  Smoking in Germany to get more expensive in 2022 On Friday morning, the Bundestag waved through...

China: Reporting system launched in Shanghai to encourage residents to participate in tobacco control

With big data technology, people in Shanghai are encouraged to participate in tobacco control and build a smoke-free city via a reporting system launched in Shanghai on Monday. Shanghai residents can now report problems related to tobacco control in public venues including office buildings, shopping malls and dining places with the launch of the "tobacco...

Jamaica: Work On Tobacco Control Bill Progressing Well

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the work of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Tobacco Control Bill is progressing well. The Minister told JIS News that he has seen “progress” in the submissions from several interest groups and that the manufacturing company, Carreras Group, is scheduled to...

UK: MPs urge for stricter tobacco regulations

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health is seeking stricter tobacco regulations against what it believes to be a “tobacco epidemic”. The MPs are calling for the age of sale on cigarettes to rise from 18 to 21 by 2030. They hope by raising the age, it will reduce the amount of young...

India: A Pandemic Driven Approach to Tobacco Control

As India fights the pandemic with its back to the wall, medical experts have flagged the need to strengthen the tobacco control movement countrywide. Addressing experts from across the country on Sunday at an event organised by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, health expert Dr Rana J Singh...

US$ 1.4 trillion lost every year to tobacco use – New tobacco tax manual shows ways to save money and build back better after COVID-19

WHO’s new Technical Manual on Tobacco Tax Policy and Administration shows countries ways to cut down on over US$1.4 trillion in health expenditures and lost productivity due to tobacco use worldwide. Improved tobacco taxation policies can also be a key component of building back better after COVID-19, where countries need additional resources to respond and...

Kenya: BAT rejects Health ministry’s guide on nicotine pouches

British American Tobacco (BAT) has lamented plans by Kenya’s Health ministry to classify its nicotine pouches as tobacco products regulated under the tobacco control law. The Health ministry in early February ruled the sale and distribution of BAT nicotine pouches, trading under Lyft brand, be done under the Tobacco Control Act —a move that would...

India: State hikes age limit for tobacco consumption to 21 years

The state government has hiked the legal age for consumption of tobacco products to 21 years, besides banning hookah bars The state government has hiked the legal age for consumption of tobacco products to 21 years, besides banning hookah bars. This came after the state Assembly recently on Monday passed the Cigarette and Other Tobacco...

Tobacco Control is Key to Eliminate TB by 2025

Though COVID-19, barely more than a year old, may be the defining global health crisis of this century, an ancient infectious disease—tuberculosis—has been steadily killing humans for centuries, if not longer. In 2019 alone, 10 million people developed tuberculosis and 1.4 million people died from the disease—many of whom were in India, the country...

European Court: Hungary Failing to Comply with Tobacco Excise Tax Hike

Hungary has failed to comply with European Union regulations by keeping the excise tax on tobacco products below the required threshold, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said on Thursday. The European Commission turned to the CJEU in October 2019 with the complaint that Hungary had failed to gradually raise the excise...