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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...

Recently launched MPOWER factsheets show uneven progress against the tobacco epidemic in the WHO European Region

WHO/Europe has released its much-anticipated MPOWER factsheets. These short briefs provide refreshed information on progress in the Region on the MPOWER measures – 6 critical routes by which countries can tackle the tobacco epidemic. The breakdown of these measures is as follows: monitor tobacco use and prevention policies protect people from tobacco smoke offer help...

Ghana to ban tobacco advertising and depiction in entertainment media

Ghana is expected to enforce a ban on tobacco advertising and depiction in entertainment media while taking steps to ensure a tobacco-free country by 2030. That’s according to the Food and Drugs Authority which says a comprehensive tobacco control policy will be used to enforce the ban. The World Health Organization (WHO) has selected Ghana as...

Shisha, other substances predisposing Ghanaians to Tuberculosis – Ghana Health Service

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says it is concerned about the acceptance and widespread smoking of shisha in the country. The Service says it has observed an increase in smoking of tobacco, especially Shisha, which appears to be widely accepted in the Ghanaian society. There is a misconception that shishas are not as harmful as cigarettes,...