Tag - Tobacco

Sierra Leone becomes 38th country with tobacco control laws in WHO African Region

Sierra Leone is now the newest of 38 countries in the WHO African region to have enacted a bill into law to protect its population against the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine products. The Tobacco and Nicotine Control Act of 2022 was unanimously passed into law on 3 August 2022 by the country’s...

Dealers make tidy profits selling nicotine pouches despite ban

The sale of liquid nicotine and e-cigarettes has continued unabated despite a ban, with dealers making double-digit profits riding on the restriction. Anti-tobacco advocates and the National Parents Association(NPA) have also raised the alarm over the high number of school-going children who are getting hooked on smokeless tobacco products such as vapes, vaporisers, vape pens,...

Let’s stop tobacco firms’ exploitation of our children

In many markets, policies that ban tobacco advertising through traditional media have forced the industry to focus on the point-of-sale (POS) as a critical channel to promote their products. In Kenya, the law prohibits virtually all forms of advertising and promotion of tobacco products. Although sponsorship by the tobacco industry is not completely prohibited,...

Survey calls for government to regulate tobacco alternatives differently

EARLIER this year, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin proposed the Generation End Game (GEG) plan, which would ban tobacco and smoking products for those born in 2005 and after. Just this week, he said that the government had decided to push the limit to 2007, allowing two more years for "community education, a robust implementation plan...

One in 10 African adolescents still uses tobacco, says WHO

The World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo said one in every 10 African adolescents still use tobacco despite 24 African countries instituting bans on smoking in public places. The global health agency also noted that while 35 African countries have banned tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, the continent continues to have...

New Zealand’s ‘tobacco endgame’ law will be a world first for health – here’s what the modelling shows us

With the first reading of a new bill in parliament today, Aotearoa New Zealand’s plan to be smokefree by 2025 takes another tangible step forward. The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill will now go to the Health Select Committee for submissions and review, and (presumably) return to the House in late 2022 to...

FDA must end sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now has authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution and marketing of tobacco products containing nicotine from any source. The FDA proposal to end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars will save thousands of lives each and every year in the future. Nicotine is an insecticide and is the...

Shisha: The Irresistable Lethal Killer Wrapped In Flavour

Well flavoured with molasses sugar or fruit like apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, strawberry, which makes the smoke more aromatic than cigarette smoke, but the dangers of smoking shisha is increasing by the day, as more teenagers descend into the cesspool of the addiction, TUNDE OGUNTOLA writes. Just a few months ago, five female students...

Smoke and Mirrors: How the “Father” of Iraq’s Cigarette Smugglers Built An Empire

Iraqi tycoon Nizar Hanna Nasri sits atop an empire spanning pharmaceuticals, liquor imports, and some of Erbil’s most spectacular real estate developments. But his success was built on a far less visible foundation: A globe-spanning trade in black-market cigarettes. Key Findings Nizar Hanna Nasri’s facilities have fed billions of cigarettes into black markets from Cameroon...