Tag - Tobacco industry

Nigeria’s Social Networking Sites Captured by Tobacco Industry Says New Report, CAPPA

A report released by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) yesterday (June 20) has exposed how social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are now used to flout Nigeria’s National Tobacco Control Act and its Regulations. The report detailed how companies like British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip Morris International Nigeria Limited (PMINL)...

BAT Nigeria announces massive investment in Solar Energy

Leading consumer goods company, British American Tobacco (BAT) Nigeria has restated its commitment to addressing climate change and environmental management issues, while delivering a positive social impact and ensuring robust corporate governance across its operations. This was contained in a statement issued by the multinational organisation on the occasion of this year’s World Environment Day...

Switching from tobacco to beans farming in Kenya

Migori, Kenya — Sixty-four-year-old Petalis Ouma has suffered chronic cough and chest pains. Lately, the chest pain has been worsening. He has never smoked a cigarette but cultivated tobacco for years in his home in Migori, a region in southwestern Kenya where tobacco is one of the primary cash crops. Growing tobacco has a detrimental effect...

How tobacco farms promote child labour

Tobacco production is a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Unfortunately, the cultivation of tobacco engages the labour of children in extremely dangerous environments, which has both immediate and long-term consequences for society. Tobacco production and consumption are public health issues with human rights implications. Tobacco is now produced in 125 countries, including Kenya. In a quest to...

Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry pledges to end child labor and deforestation

Zimbabwe, Africa’s biggest tobacco grower and one of the world's top exporters of the nicotine leaf opened its selling season for the crop amid pledges to fight deforestation and child labor in response to pressure from rights groups, environmentalists and international buyers. Almost a month into Zimbabwe’s 2022 tobacco selling season, one of the priorities...

In Phone Calls To Residents, Philip Morris Is Pushing Against D.C.’s Ban On Flavored Tobacco

A group operated by tobacco giant Philip Morris has been calling D.C. residents in recent days, urging them to contact the D.C. Council to oppose a coming ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and menthol cigarettes. The calls have been coming from Citizens for Tobacco Rights, which is directly linked to Philip Morris. A...

Child Labour: No Quick End to Children Trapped in Tobacco Production

HONG KONG / LOME, May 17 (IPS) - Despite World Day Against Child Labour launched in 2002 by the International Labour Organization (ILO), little has changed over the past two decades for the millions of children who remain trapped. To rescue children and achieve sustainable human and health rights improvements, laws that make corporations accountable and...

Tobacco industry sticks to game plan amid pandemic

IN the middle of a deadly health crisis, the tobacco industry scored a win in the country, sticking to a tried and tested playbook to protect its interests. Despite medical experts' warning against the risks to health of vapes and other novel tobacco products, Congress passed a piece of legislation favoring the industry while undermining...

Vapers in Ireland think flavour ban would create a black market, survey shows

More than nine in ten users of e-cigarettes in Ireland would not favour an outright ban on flavoured vapes, a new survey has found. The research, conducted by Red C, a market researcher in Dublin, was carried out through 221 face-to-face surveys last month. The survey found that nearly half of vapers would stop vaping...

Nicotine Or Tobacco – Is There A Difference?

Most nicotine is still derived from tobacco but there have been giant strides in synthetic nicotine that is completely free of tobacco. A study in the Indian Journal of Clinical Practice (July 2020) underlined the fact that about 80 per cent of our doctors believed that nicotine causes cancer. Another USA based study also showed...