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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...

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...

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...

Nigeria And The Threats Of Tobacco Smoking

The warning that ‘Smokers are liable to die young’ is always ubiquitously written on the packs of most cigarettes, but to digest the message is one thing and to do it is a different matter. If those who consume tobacco products in Nigeria continue to do so at grave risk to their health, it...

Let Big Tobacco stop pollution of our oceans

On the World Oceans Day last week, themed “Revitalisation: Collective Action for the Ocean”, tobacco control advocates singled out the industry’s destructive nature in so far as the blue economy is concerned. A report published by the Global Centre for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) on the same day estimated that the world has...

Africa will be the world’s ashtray if big tobacco is able to get its way Rachel Kitonyo and Jeffrey Drope

Smoking in the west is declining, so the industry is turning to untapped markets, where governments must act to stop it. For decades, smoking has been on the rise, driving more than 100m deaths in the 20th century alone and creating health and other costs of about $1,500bn a year that have hampering global growth. According to a report...

BAT Nigeria announces massive investment in Solar Energy

Leading consumer goods company, British American Tobacco (BAT) Nigeria has restated its commitment to addressing climate change and environmental management issues, while delivering a positive social impact and ensuring robust corporate governance across its operations. This was contained in a statement issued by the multinational organisation on the occasion of this year’s World Environment Day...

I quit smoking to live a healthier life

 Ernest Ajayi, a 45 years-old civil servant who resides in Abuja, recalls that he picked up smoking because he thought “smoking made people look successful, classy and respected”. He said growing up, many movies portrayed the rich and influential people were smokers and that enticed him to start smoking in his early twenties at the...

WHO Raises the Alarm over Dangers of Environmental Impact of Tobacco Industry

*Says vaccinations, natural immunity to slash Africa’s COVID deaths by 94% in 2022 Ndubuisi Francis and Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja with agency report The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the alarm on the extent to which tobacco damages both the environment and human health, calling for steps to make the industry more accountable for the...

Ministry Of Health Intensifies Tobacco Free-Farms Campaign

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has intensified Tobacco Free Farms sensitization campaigns across 20 regions in the country ahead of World No Tobacco Day scheduled for 31st May this year in a bid to ensure reduction of tobacco-related deaths. Speaking to the press at the Agricultural Training Center (ATC) in the outskirts of Kisii town,...