Tag - Tobacco control

Opinion: Why commitments to tobacco control at COP 9 are critical

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP 26, has dominated international discourse in recent months, creating space for governments worldwide to promise action that will hopefully limit the impacts of climate change. However, another COP event is taking place at the same time. COP 9 — the ninth session of the conference...

Towards smoke-free Nigeria: Concerns mount over cigarette, tobacco addiction

Globally, over 1.3 billion people engage in cigarette smoking. From this figure, Nigeria accounts for 14 per cent of adult smokers, a development that has heightened serious concern about the growing addiction in the country. According to reports, the tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing...

Japan Tobacco International Making a Mint by Circumventing Menthol Cigarette Ban

One of the world’s largest cigarette companies, Japan Tobacco International, has been systematically skirting Europe’s effort to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes by introducing new products that secretly contain menthol. Key Findings JTI introduced dozens of new products containing some menthol in the months before and immediately after the ban took effect in May 2020. OCCRP tested...

‘Impossible to enforce’: Big Tobacco exploiting loopholes in European menthol ban

A breach of the menthol cigarette ban could potentially be a criminal offence, but nobody knows for sure what types are covered. Tobacco companies are finding loopholes in the Europe-wide menthol cigarette ban in order to keep selling products that can get new, younger smokers hooked on tobacco. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) – which owns Sterling, Benson...

Tobacco firm donation to Covid-19 kitty costs Kenya

It sank Kenya’s ranking in the Interference Index; the law is against such sponsorships In Summary •At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, a tobacco firm contributed Sh10.6 million to the kitty that had been established by President Uhuru Kenyatta. •As a result, the Kenya Tobacco Industry Interference Index released on Friday by the Consumer Information Network...

South Africa: Tobacco companies stepped up influence efforts during Covid, report finds

Firms increased charitable donations to the healthcare sector, and was ‘unnecessarily’ involved in fight against illicit trade in cigarettes, global industry watchdog says. The government’s efforts to limit the influence of the tobacco industry weakened during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released on Tuesday by the global tobacco industry watchdog STOP. The 2021 Global...

African campaigners urge enhanced tobacco regulations amid health risks

The manufacturing, sale and consumption of tobacco products in Africa should be regulated in order to limit threats to public health and safety, campaigners said Tuesday. Leonce Sessou, executive secretary of African Tobacco Control Alliance, stressed that enactment of laws and public education is required to curb unhealthy use of tobacco products like cigarettes in...

Tobacco industry undermining Nigeria’s tobacco-control legislation – Group

"The tobacco industry enjoys consistent invitations from the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) to their meetings where supposed classified resolutions on standards are discussed, and agreements are reached." An advocacy group, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), has decried the interference of the tobacco industry in Nigeria with government policies, including policies meant to...

Uganda Emerges Best Tobacco Control Champion In Africa

The adage hard work pays has been fulfilled with the pearl of Africa - Uganda, after being announced as the best country on the African continent, which is undoubtedly pushing the tobacco industry against the wall. Uganda has been branded as the best tobacco control champion. This thrilling news was revealed during the virtual launch...

How tobacco industry interferes in Nigerian, other African countries’ policies – Report

"The tobacco industry, in at least five countries, engaged in high levels of unnecessary interactions with governments. These took the form of trade and partnerships, enforcement of laws, social activities and economic development agenda." The tobacco industry stepped up corporate social responsibility activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, exploiting opportunities provided by the infectious disease to engage...