Tag - WHO

Smoking in Nollywood and the Next Generation of Nigerian Youths

What seemed like an insignificant issue in 2007, when tobacco control activists screened 10 randomly-selected movies and found out that the tobacco industry has been using Nollywood to promote tobacco, smoking has grown into a mega monster. A new research carried out by Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, CAPPA, in 2020 shows how Igbo,...

VPASA slams WHO’s comments branding e-cigarettes as ’harmful’

Johannesburg - The Vapour Products Association is concerned with how vaping has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest report. And chief executive Asanda Gcoyi said labelling vaping as “harmful” was reckless. “The WHO, along with many other groups opposed to e-cigarettes and vaping, has once again demonstrated a lack of understanding...

Ghana: Stakeholders discuss tobacco taxation to reduce tobacco consumption

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD)/Tax Advocacy Network for Health Promotion has held a national stakeholders meeting on tobacco taxation to help reduce tobacco consumption in Ghana. The non-governmental organization is undertaking a tobacco taxation project in the country under the auspices of the Tax Justice Network Africa (TJNA), with support from Bill and Melinda...

Opinion: Looking away will not end child labor in tobacco fields

The tobacco industry likes to portray itself as a positive economic force. Yet tobacco farmers across Africa face a harsh economic reality: The industry derives such huge profits in part because it maneuvers to pay as little as possible for the crop that is the basis for its products. This practice is unfair and perpetuates inequality. What’s...

Misinformation, attacks from NGOs obstruct tobacco harm reduction in LMICs

Misinformation and attacks from well-funded international non-government organizations are among the key obstacles to the adoption of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and mitigation of deaths from smoking in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to health policy experts. Representatives from countries like India, Ukraine, Kenya, and Mexico enumerated the factors that are hindering LMICs from...

Progress on tobacco fight, but new nicotine products pose increasing threat

While many countries are making progress in the fight against tobacco use, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report shows some are failing to address the problem of emerging nicotine and tobacco products. Compared with 2007, more than four times as many people -- some 5.3 billion -- are now covered by at least one...

Tobacco: Silently hiding smokers in graves

Tobacco was historically discovered by a European in the person of Christopher Columbus in 1492, initially, it was only smoked by high-class personalities during festivities but Columbus took it back to Europe where it gained recognition. Smoking increased dramatically during world wars, it was supplied to troops for free mainly to boost their morale but...

Tobacco taxation – a win for public health, a win for revenue and a win for the economy overall

A new tobacco tax manual recently released by WHO, confirms that the most cost-effective, mechanism for reducing tobacco consumption is a significant increase in excise taxes that leads to price increases. Although this evidence on the effectiveness of tobacco taxation is irrefutable, it remained the least implemented of the MPOWER measures (designed to support...

Gambia: Task Force Starts Enforcing Tobacco Control Act, Regulations

The Gambia Police Force on Tuesday 29th June 2021 said a joint operation by the Police, GRA-Customs, Public Health and Environmental Inspectors has been activated to enforce the Tobacco Control Act and Regulations. The public is hereby reminded that, the Tobacco Control Act has banned public smoking, display of tobacco products, selling of single sticks...

Timor-Leste supports tobacco users to quit by launching its first tobacco cessation centre and quit line

Small island countries often have high rates of tobacco use. Among the 20 countries in the world with the high tobacco use rates, five of them are small island developing countries: Kiribati (52%), Nauru (52%), Tuvalu (49%), Solomon Islands (38%) and Timor-Leste (38%). Deeply concerned about the tobacco epidemic as one of their biggest...