Tag - Tobacco

A quitter fights tobacco use in Ethiopia

Amsale Beyene Ashagre didn’t know Wondu Bekele Woldemariam smoked when they first dated. She likely would have told him to get lost. “I have always hated tobacco,” she says. Despite the occasional whiff of smoke she picked up, they kept dating. By the time she discovered his smoking, she was in love. She tolerated him...

World No Tobacco Day: Activists task health workers on cessation therapy for smokers

Anti-tobacco activists have said health professionals have the greatest potential of any group to promote the reduction of tobacco use, as only a few people understand the specific health risks of tobacco use. They made this point during a briefing to mark the World No Tobacco Day, in Lagos, adding that a disturbing reality is...

Pakistan: Call to increase taxes on tobacco

Country Representative of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Malik Imran Ahmad has said that Pakistan’s cigarette production has jumped around 90 per cent with the introduction of third-tier taxation. The government should introduce single-tier tobacco taxation and increase taxes to discourage smoking among children and the youth, he said, adding the third tier taxation system that...

WHO and the Chinese National Health Commission call for immediate action on World No Tobacco Day and urge all to “commit to quit”

On the 34th World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) China Office and the Planning and Information Department of the National Health Commission (NHC) jointly held a press conference to release the China Report on the Health Hazards of Smoking 2020, introduce China’s WNTD 2021 campaign, and launch the “China Cessation Platform”...

World No Tobacco Day 2021 awards – the winners

Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the form of WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award and World No Tobacco Day Awards. WHO Director-General Special award Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath, United Kingdom of Great Britain...

Tanzania: About 500 containers of ‘shisha’ still held at Dar port

Dar es Salaam. About 500 containers of expired ‘shisha’ products have been detained at the port of Dar es Salaam, the government revealed. The minister of State in the Vice President’s Office Union Affairs and Environment, Selemani Jafo said yesterday during his visit that the 40ft containers (2TEUs) have been imported since 2019. Shisha usually contains...

Nigeria: Teenage ‘shisha’ video reinforces need to ban sale of tobacco near schools

A non-governmental organisation, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), has commended the Lagos State government over its decision to rehabilitate the five students smoking ‘shisha’ in a recent viral video on social media. The group, however, urged the state government to complement the action by enforcing the ban on the sale of tobacco products...

Ghana: Chairman of MATCOH calls for probe into the suspension of Tobacco Contract

Chairman of the Media Alliance in Tobacco Control and Health (MATCOH), Mr. Jeorge Wilson Kingson, has called for a probe into circumstances that led to the suspension of a contract between the government of Ghana and the United Kingdom (UK) security printing firm De La Rue. MATCOH is a group of media professionals and practitioners...