Tag - Tobacco control

Ghana selected as 2030 WHO tobacco project country

Ghana has been selected as the Phase Three 2030 project country of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This means that the country will, among others, receive financial and technical support to develop and implement a comprehensive national tobacco control strategy. The country was selected after a rigorous selection process by...

CSOs Urged To Come Out With Solid Evidence To Change Tobacco Tax Structure

Dr Godfred Seidu Jasaw, the Member of Parliament for Wa East has called on civil society organisation (CSO) to join hands and come out with solid evidence to help in the change of the tobacco tax structure. He said: “If it is necessary to change the tobacco tax from ad valorem to specific tax or...

Evidence Mounts That Cigarette Sales Surge After Vape Bans

State-level vaping bans are associated with increases in cigarette sales, according to new research. The study, published in the scientific journal Value in Health, adds to a growing body of evidence that prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes has potentially driven more and more people away from safer nicotine alternatives and back to smoking. They found that an...

The Dirt Behind Big Tobacco and the Environment

The next time you go for a walk, look at the ground. How many littered cigarette butts do you see? Chances are, more than a few. Cigarette butts are the most littered item on the planet—4.5 trillion are discarded every year. While cigarette waste may be the most visible form of environmental degradation the tobacco industry...

Tobacco Control Advocates Help End Industry PR Opportunities

Big Tobacco knows it has a reputation problem; it’s one of the reasons the industry is strategically pivoting its narrative. Certain companies are even denouncing some of their own products, claiming they wish to move away from cigarettes. They are trying to portray themselves as ambassadors of science, corporate responsibility and even COVID-19 economic...

Directors step down after Vectura tobacco takeover

The two most senior directors who were in charge of Vectura, the respiratory drugs firm, at the time of its £1 billion takeover by Philip Morris International have stepped down. Will Downie and Paul Fry quit their respective roles as chief executive and chief financial officer following the completion of the deal with the maker...

Suffocating planet! The environmental implications of the vaping industry

What many people already know is that tobacco product waste from cigarette butts is one of the most common forms of plastic waste suffocating the environment. Now, there is another detrimental threat facing our environment (much to the dismay of the Cape Town vaping community)– vape waste. Vape waste creates three huge environmental issues: Increase...

‘Harmful and addicting youth’: Vaping crackdown flagged in national report

Brightly coloured vaping products with flavours like bubble gum and fairy floss that claim to be nicotine-free could be banned in a national crackdown as new research finds e-cigarettes are “harmful and addicting youth”. But any move to restrict e-cigarettes may face fierce resistance from a group of pro-vaping Coalition backbench MPs, who fought against...

We can achieve good health for all if we work to attain a clean and tobacco-free world

For World Health Day this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) asks if we can reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all; a world where economies are focused on health and well-being; a world where cities are liveable and people have control over their health and the health...

Shisha, other substances predisposing Ghanaians to Tuberculosis – Ghana Health Service

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it is concerned about the acceptance and widespread smoking of shisha in the country. The Service says it has observed an increase in smoking of tobacco, especially Shisha, which appears to be widely accepted in the Ghanaian society. There is a misconception that shishas are not as harmful as cigarettes,...