Tag - Tobacco control

China amends tobacco monopoly law to include e-cigarettes and vaping

The State Council of China amended its tobacco monopoly law Friday to include regulations for e-cigarettes and vaping. This result comes after months of deliberation by the Chinese government to regulate electronic tobacco consumption. E-cigarette sales have been functioning in the grey area of the law since they became popular in China. Following the amendment, they will...

Growth of Tobacco industry means more deaths-TOFAZA

Tobacco Free Association of Zambia says it is deeply concerned with the interaction and commitments made by government towards the growth of the tobacco industry. During the Tobacco Association of Zambia annual 56th congress held in Lusaka on November 25, 2021 Minister of Agriculture Reuben Phiri promised government’s commitment in ensuring that the Tobacco industry...

Shisha is as dangerous as cigarette – FDA warn users

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says the smoking of shisha is as bad as smoking a cigarette, disputing the perception that the tobacco in shisha is flavoured and passes through water before consumption. Mr George Mensah, a Senior Regulatory Officer of the FDA, who debunked the assertion, said shisha contained carcinogens and nicotine and...

2021 Budget should increase taxes on tobacco, alcoholic beverages – VALD

Accra, Oct. 21, GNA - The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organization has launched a 2020 Tobacco Industry Interferences Index Report- Ghana with a call on government to announce in its 2021 budget tax increases on tobacco, alcoholic beverages and other unhealthy products. It stated that since 2015, there had not been tax...

Cigarettes must cost €60 per packet before addicted smokers will quit

A sharp increase in tobacco taxes will not prevent most smokers from smoking. Half of all smokers in the Netherlands say they'll only quit at a price of 60 euros per pack. At prices from 12 euros per pack, only 10 percent of smokers will stop, according to research by Maastricht University (UM). Of the...

Vaping Is Risky. Why Is the F.D.A. Authorizing E-Cigarettes?

The agency has taken a controversial stand on vaping as a way to quit tobacco. This is what the research shows. When they first appeared in the United States in the mid-2000s, “electronic nicotine delivery systems” — e-cigarettes, vapes, e-liquids and other wares that contain the stimulant found in tobacco — were subject to little federal...

Ghana completes ratification process for illicit trade in tobacco products protocol

Ghana continues to make significant strides in tobacco control in line with its obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The strong political commitment to tobacco control is evidenced by the inclusion of tobacco-specific provisions in the Public Health Act, 2012 and the passage of the Tobacco Control Regulations, 2016 (L.I. 2247). In...

‘Smoking kills’ could be printed on every cigarette under new UK proposals

MPs propose raft of tough new measures aimed at getting more people to stop smoking. Individual cigarettes could have “smoking kills” printed on them under a raft of tough measures proposed by MPs to encourage more people to quit the deadly habit. MPs have submitted an amendment to the health and care bill going through parliament...

Reward smokers who want to quit, not punish them with taxes

The current debate on tobacco harm reduction in Malaysia is unbalanced, with far too great an emphasis on taxation and the state’s role in dictating the health of its citizens. In a paper published recently by the Property Rights Alliance (International Best Practices for Tobacco and Nicotine Public Policy), which we co-authored with three Malaysian...

SA ‘taking baby steps’ in reducing smoking — WHO report

SA is one of the countries that is steadily reducing its smoking rates thanks to its anti-tobacco policies, but other low-income African countries such as Uganda and Kenya are doing even better. This is according to a new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to the fourth WHO global tobacco trends report, smoking rates...