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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...

We need food, not tobacco – focus of World No Tobacco Day 2023

A global food crisis is growing fueled by conflict, climate change, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine driving rising prices of food, fuel and fertilizer. Tobacco growing and production lead to long term, global ecological harms and climate change, and plays a crucial role...

Walking The Talk By Budgeting For Tobacco Control

Beyond flowery rhetoric and grand promises, the will of a government to act on a policy is first re­flected in its financial plan. Ac­tivities for the implementation of such policies are provided with a budget line followed by a full dis­bursement of the budgeted sum to empower execution. Tobacco control in Nigeria has made commendable...

The myth of healthy alternatives to tobacco: Electronic cigarettes are also harmful

Experts warn that vaping devices and water pipes serve as a gateway to nicotine addiction and are linked to disease, but vaping continues to appeal to teenagers Last year, a stressful situation caused Alberto Verdejo, 27, to relapse into his tobacco addiction after a year of not smoking. Four months ago, he started regularly using...

WHO Advice’ Cameroon Raises Taxes on Tobacco by 75%

A stakeholder in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control  and a member of the World Health Organisation, points out Cameroon is struggling to implement the 75% tax on tobacco prices as recommended. Cameroon is still at 20% of tobacco taxation. “In terms of taxation, our country applies different taxes: excise duties – 30%, VAT –...

The oldest trick in Big Tobacco’s playbook nearly derailed South Africa’s TB conference. Here’s why

On the morning of Saturday, September 3, 10 days before the opening of the seventh South African Tuberculosis (TB) Conference, the event was set to be the best-attended iteration of the gathering to date. More than 1 000 delegates had signed up and the interest from civil society was unparalleled. Public health experts’ enthusiasm came at a...

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