Tag - Tobacco

British American Tobacco (BAT) Conducted Extensive and Potentially Illegal Activity To Undermine Health Policy, Sabotage Competitors And Secure Profits In Africa

British American Tobacco (BAT) Conducted Extensive and Potentially Illegal Activity To Undermine Health Policy, Sabotage Competitors And Secure Profits In Africa New STOP reports reveal how BAT ran a mass surveillance operation and informant network in South Africa and made questionable payments totaling $600,000 in 10 other African countries New York, September 13, 2021 – Two new analyses...

VPASA slams WHO’s comments branding e-cigarettes as ’harmful’

Johannesburg - The Vapour Products Association is concerned with how vaping has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest report. And chief executive Asanda Gcoyi said labelling vaping as “harmful” was reckless. “The WHO, along with many other groups opposed to e-cigarettes and vaping, has once again demonstrated a lack of understanding...

BATNF Plans N2bn Investment to Boost Small Holder Farming

The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) has announced plans to invest over N2 billion to support small holder farmers across the 36 States in the federation. The move, according to the foundation, is aimed at improving the lives of smallholder farmers and enabling them to move from subsistence to commercial agriculture to boost food...

Africa must strive to keep low its rate of current and projected sales of new technology tobacco products

Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) on the Release of the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2021. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lomé, 11 August 2021 Published on 27 July 2021, the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2021 makes a firm reminder that Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)...

Kenya: Thinktank says new law favours tobacco firms

The International Institute of Legislative Affairs (ILA) has poked holes into the Finance Act 2021, saying some changes in the law will favour tobacco businesses. The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) whose work is in policy and research argues that while the government is mandated to make laws that discourage tobacco intake, some aspects of the Act...

Smoking-related cancer twice as prevalent among poor in England

Overall cancer rates are higher among the wealthy, finds Cancer Research UK – but smoking and its cancers are now concentrated among the poor. Smoking causes almost twice as many cancer cases among the poor than the well-off, according to new findings that underline the close link between cigarettes and deprivation. About 11,247 cases of cancer...

Big Tobacco’s price games undermine tobacco taxation

Taxation is the most effective form of tobacco control, but the tobacco industry uses a variety of sophisticated pricing strategies to undermine tax increases. When a government budget announces an increase on the price of a packet of cigarettes, the tobacco company just passes it on to the consumer, right? No, not quite, according to...

WHO awards Botswana activist for anti-tobacco advocacy

Botswana’s renowned anti-tobacco activist Alice Mbongwe has received special recognition from World Health Organization (WHO) for her advocacy on tobacco control. Mbongwe is an employee of University of Botswana (UB) and also director of the Anti-Tobacco Network (ATN). Josephine Namboze, WHO executive director for Botswana on Tuesday said Mbongwe is one of six African awardees this...

Misinformation, attacks from NGOs obstruct tobacco harm reduction in LMICs

Misinformation and attacks from well-funded international non-government organizations are among the key obstacles to the adoption of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and mitigation of deaths from smoking in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to health policy experts. Representatives from countries like India, Ukraine, Kenya, and Mexico enumerated the factors that are hindering LMICs from...

England: Smoking responsible for twice as many cancers in most deprived groups

Smoking is responsible for nearly twice as many cancer cases in lower income groups compared to higher income groups, according to new estimates by Cancer Research UK. Over 11,000 cases of cancer were linked to smoking in the lowest income group, compared to around 6,000 in the highest. Decades of glitzy packaging and marketing by the...