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Could snus be the solution to Africa’s rising smoking rates?

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“Sweden has the lowest smoking rates and the lowest rate of smoking-related deaths in Europe. When are we going to learn from them?” These were the sentiments echoed by Dr. Kgosi Letlape, head of the Africa Medical Association. A session at the GTNF 2021 conference in London Dr. Letlape has hailed snus for its ability to help cut smoking rates ...

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Smoking in Nollywood and next generation of Nigerian youth

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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. Screen shot of a smoking scene in a recent edition of Big Brother Naija A new research carried out by Corporate Accountability ...

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Lawmakers should throw a lifeline to Africa’s smokers

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While global smoking rates decline, the figures for Africa are some of the highest in the world. Tobacco smoking Cigarette consumption on the continent rose by 52 percent between 1980 and 2016, from 164 billion cigarettes to 250 billion. Lesotho’s smoking rates soared from 15% of its population in 2004 to 54% in 2015. Tunisians are estimated to smoke 4.4 ...

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Concern over alleged violation of ban on smoking in Big Brother Naija Season 6

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The Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have urged the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to sanction the organisers of Big Brother Naija Season 6 for defying the agency’s directive on smoking in the Big Brother Naija Show. Ccreen shot of a smoking scene on Big Brother Naija The NBC had issued a ...

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‘Govt should anticipate industry pushback over pictorial health warnings on tobacco products’

Chibuike Nwokorie

Chibuike Nwokorie is project officer with the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA). In this interview with our correspondent, he bares his mind on the new policy on Pictorial Health Warnings (PHWs) which must be on all tobacco products manufactured and sold in Nigeria starting June 23, 2021, and other sundry issues on tobacco control in Nigeria. Excerpts: Chibuike Nwokorie How ...

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Joseph Magero: WHO doing untold harm to Africa’s desperate smokers

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is failing in its duty and Africans have particular reason to feel aggrieved. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Its latest attack on alternative nicotine products is unscientific, dogmatic and an effective death sentence for millions of smokers who are trying to quit cigarettes, particularly those in less affluent nations ...

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Making the policy on pictorial health warnings to work for Nigerians

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The Federal Government’s policy on Pictorial Health Warnings (PHWs) which officially kicked off on June 23, 2021, has taken the country a step further in compliance with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC). A tobacco pictorial health warning By the new policy, all tobacco companies doing business in the country must include the ...

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Groups wants NBC to prohibit smoking in Big Brother Naija

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The Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) and the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) on Friday, July 16, 2021 sent a petition to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), asking the agency to prohibit smoking in the Big Brother Naija Season 6 which commences on Sunday, July 18. A screen shot of a smoking scene on Big Brother Naija CAPPA ...

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Govt agencies urged to enforce pictorial health warnings on tobacco packs

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As the Federal Government begins the enforcement of the health warning requirements of the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act 2015 and the Tobacco Control Regulations 2019 on all tobacco products manufactured and distributed in Nigeria from Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the Nigeria Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) and the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) have urged the Standards Organisation ...

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146,000 Africans die yearly from tobacco-related diseases, says WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that no fewer than 146,000 Africans die annually from tobacco-related diseases. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said this on Thursday, June 17, 2021 during a virtual news conference. Moeti said tobacco was  the leading cause of preventable deaths in the world and emphasised that ...

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