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Smoking drops as high tobacco taxes take effect

Smoking among Rwandans has reduced, mainly due to high tobacco taxes and prices, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Dr Yvan Butera, told lawmakers. This was during a plenary session of the Lower House, held on February 20, 2023, which adopted the law approving Rwanda’s accession to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade...

Training of legislators and advisors by WHO in Mauritius on use of various legal tools to strengthen tobacco control and reduce NCD risk factors

Legal advisors and judicial officers from Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia attended a 3-day legal capacity building workshop in Port Louis, Mauritius from 01 to 03 March 2023 to strengthen tobacco control and reduction of NCD risk factors.  Mauritius was proposed to host the...

It’s time to enact the Tobacco Control Bill

2023 marks exactly 15 years since Zambia became party to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) and made an undertaking to come up with a domestic comprehensive tobacco control law. In the absence of a tobacco control legislation, Zambia will continue losing around 8,000 lives annually due to tobacco consumption, according...

EU tobacco taxation: The fine line between killing smoking and illicit trade

The European Union’s plans to further increase tobacco taxation and reduce declining smoking rates across the bloc have pleased public health advocates, but the industry warns that tax revenues may be disrupted by the rise of illicit markets that flourish when taxes are high. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco taxation is an...

New online reporting system tracks worldwide efforts to cut down on tobacco-related deaths and disease

Global tobacco control treaty has saved millions of lives, but more still needs to be done, says researcher. A new online tool to track global progress on tobacco control taps into the management principle that “what gets measured gets done.” The Global Tobacco Control Progress Hub gives an instant visual picture of how 180 countries are performing on...

Technology a Powerful Tool In The Fight Against Tobacco

At the recent World Health Summit in Berlin, the WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the launch of the Tobacco Cessation Consortium. A mechanism set up to engage the private sector and other non-governmental actors, the Consortium hopes to unlock financing and enhance accessibility for support services for smokers around the globe, especially...

Strengthened regulation of tobacco-free venues at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Footballs won’t be the only things kicked in Qatar at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Tobacco and e-cigarettes will also be kicked out of Doha’s eight stadiums, ensuring fans can enjoy smoke-free air while sitting in their seats watching world football’s biggest event. Implementing tobacco and smoke-free measures at the FIFA World Cup™ has...

Qatar 2022/ Authorities Implement Tobacco, Smoking Prevention Measures in World Cup Stadiums

Doha, November 13 (QNA) - Sport for Health partnership, which includes the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), FIFA, and the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the implementation of tobacco and smoking prevention measures at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar for a healthy and safe tournament. In...

NTCA Seeks Legal Restrictions on Shisha, Other Tobacco Products

The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has expressed concern over what it described as low level of compliance to the law on graphic health warnings on tobacco products in Nigeria. It said one of the major concerns was that other tobacco products such as snuff and shisha, which has become notoriously popular among young people,...

STOP Adds to Industry Allies Database

STOP, a tobacco industry watchdog, has added 25 organizations from 12 countries to its Industry Allies database. Organizations on the list are categorized as front groups, “astroturf” groups or third parties that promote the tobacco industry’s agenda while appearing to be independent. “This update provides further evidence that the tobacco industry uses different types of...

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