Tag - Tobacco

Cigarette advertising aggressively targets kids in low- and middle-income countries, a new study finds

The big idea The world’s largest multinational tobacco companies are advertising cigarettes to kids near playgrounds and schools in 42 majority low- and middle-income countries. That’s the key finding of our recently published paper. Through our on-the-ground data collection at 19,500 points of sale, we identified tobacco industry advertising and promotions demonstrating four common tactics. These include...

Philip Morris misleading the public about nicotine in heated tobacco

At a glance Heated tobacco is touted as a better alternative to cigarettes for smokers, yet new research suggests that one brand contains much more nicotine than claimed A heated tobacco stick used in an Iqos device contains more than 4mg of nicotine, eight times the amount often claimed by maker Philip Morris International ...

Pastor offered $250,000 to oppose menthol cigarette ban

A pastor was offered hundreds of thousands of dollars to lead a campaign against banning the sale of menthol cigarettes in the US, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Reverend Horace Sheffield, a prominent Black civil rights campaigner in Detroit, was told the money was coming from RJ Reynolds, the tobacco giant behind America’s...

ATCA urges African governments to uphold tobacco control at WHO Regional Committee Meeting

Participating in the 72nd session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa in Lome, the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has called on governments to put more efforts to protect future generations and guarantee a healthy and tobacco-free Africa. Leonce Dieudonne Sessou, Executive Secretary of the pan African alliance made the...

ATCA joins call to plug the e-cigarette regulation gap in South Africa

The African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) has joined South Africa’s public health organisations in calling for urgent regulation of e-cigarettes through the swift implementation of the long-awaited Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, saying the Bill could have an impact well beyond South Africa’s borders. Leonce Sessou, Executive Secretary of ATCA, says “Global...

Rising cigarette prices motivate people to quit smoking

Rising cigarette prices have overtaken health concerns as the biggest motivator for people to cut down or stop smoking. Researchers from The University of Queensland analyzed national survey data and found the cost of cigarettes has become the number one reason Australians who smoke try to quit. Associate Professor Coral Gartner from UQ's School of Public Health said the...

Tobacco, alcohol are main causes of cancer worldwide: study

Nearly half of cancers worldwide can be traced back to a known risk factor, primarily tobacco or alcohol, a huge global study found on Friday, which said that behavioural changes can help reduce the threat of disease. The study — published in the Lancet and conducted as part of a vast research programme funded by...

CISLAC Calls For Hike In Tobacco Tax

Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called for a hike in Tobacco tax to control smoking and its adverse effects on public health, economy and environment. The CISLAC Programme Officer in Bauchi State, Mr Solomon Adoga, made the call in Bauchi during a roundtable on Tobacco Tax Advocacy in Nigeria. He said that understanding the Framework Convention on Tobacco...

South Africa’s New Tobacco and Vape Bill is Headed for Parliament

The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, which would replace the decade old Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act, is finally on its way to Parliament. The new Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, has been in the works since 2018 and was announced by Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla in...

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