Tag - WHO FCTC

“Battle of Minds”, British American Tobacco’s new tactic to invade Africa

British American Tobacco has launched its 2022 Battle of Minds competition. The multinational tobacco company is targeting university students and young graduates in different countries around the world to participate in the competition which they say targets creativity in 3 areas namely: environmental, social and governance. The competition is held online and covers 27 countries...

Kenya to commemorate ‘World No Tobacco Day’

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache will lead celebrations to commemorate ‘World No Tobacco Day’ at the university of Nairobi, Great court.    This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies. Every year, more than 8,100 Kenyans die of tobacco related diseases, while more than 220,000 children...

MoH rolls out national drive against growing nicotine addiction

In Summary •The tobacco industry says these products are less dangerous compared to cigarettes, which kill at least 9,000 Kenyans every year. •Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance chairperson Joel Gitali told the Star they asked the government to ban these products. However,it did not happen. Health officials have agreed on a nationwide campaign against the threat of new...

How tobacco industry’s destructive practices are ‘damaging’ environment

WHO urges govt to ban greenwashing activities of the tobacco industry to appear nature-friendly The World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the Stopping Tobacco Organisations and Products (STOP), a global tobacco industry watchdog, have started a process to expose the tobacco industry’s destructive practices affecting the environment as well...

Tobacco Control and The WHO – Smoke, Mirrors and Wishful Thinking

The perils of Tobacco are widely known and undisputed. Unlike other risky habits, there is simply no safe way to consume tobacco. Yet, we do. And only for the Nicotine. Consider this - Smoking a cigarette for the nicotine is like drinking sewage for its water content. It’s in there, no doubt, but there are...

ATCA in 2022

As a regional organisation coordinating tobacco control civil society initiatives in the continent, ATCA works to foster synergy with other tobacco control stakeholders, and ensure mobilisation, capacity building and coordination for effective tobacco control in Africa. The alliance has acquired skills, knowledge and expertise in various tobacco control domains and support parties, leading to major tobacco...

CAPPA, groups demand enforcement of tobacco graphic health warning policy

The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, called on the Health Ministry, and all relevant law enforcement agencies in the country to intensify enforcement of graphic health warnings policy on tobacco products. The group said recent monitoring exercises that it carried out with other groups such as the Nigeria...

Writing is on the wall: Pictorial health warnings reduce tobacco use

More evidence from scientific research is pouring in to show that graphic pictorial health warnings on all tobacco products are very effective in preventing children and youngsters from starting to consume tobacco, and in encouraging existing tobacco users to quit the lethal addiction. This is not only great news for public health and social...

Specific tax on tobacco needed to improve public health – Study

A study by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), has said if excise tax was levied as a specific tax on tobacco, it would significantly improve the fiscal and public health effects in Ghana. However, it said, since the specific tax would be eroded by inflation, the Ministry of Finance should regularly...

UNEP, Secretariat of the WHO FCTC partner to combat microplastics in cigarettes

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched a partnership with the Secretariat of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to raise awareness and drive action on the extensive environmental and human health impacts of microplastics in cigarette filters. Through an extensive social media campaign, the partnership will aim to...