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Rich countries foiling global efforts to stop tobacco smuggling – CSOs

Illicit tobacco trade

Nations that are home to the largest tobacco corporations need to contribute more if countries are to recoup the $47 billion lost to the illicit tobacco trade each year. That is the message that rang out of talks around the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, which ended on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Illicit tobacco trade The message ...

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WHO urges countries to invest in helping more people to quit tobacco

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The fourth World Health Organisation (WHO) global tobacco trends report released on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, shows that there are 1.30 billion tobacco users globally compared to 1.32 billion in 2015. This number is expected to drop to 1.27 billion by 2025, according to the WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) The global health ...

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New report exposes Zimbabwe as biggest pawn of Big Tobacco

tobacco smoking

On the first day of virtual tobacco treaty talks, Zimbabwe joined a small cadre of countries in delaying meaningful negotiations. It’s actions come weeks after a new report found Zimbabwe to be the worst country on the continent in safeguarding public policy from tobacco industry interference. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health The Zimbabwe delegation raised a ...

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

GTNF 2021

“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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Making the policy on pictorial health warnings to work for Nigerians

Pictorial health warning

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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COVID-19: For the tobacco industry, it’s all about profit

tobacco smoking

In times of crisis some corporations profit while others break. For the tobacco industry the COVID-19 pandemic which has shut down many nations and crippled the global economy seems “a make or break opportunity”. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health In the last four months, the industry has tried hard to brush aside the blame for the ...

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Philip Morris exposé: Government urged to probe delegation to tobacco treaty talks

World Health Organisation

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has demanded the Nigerian government institute a probe of members of the Nigerian delegation that attended the seventh session of the Conference of Parties (COP7) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control which held in Delhi in 2016 to establish their links with the tobacco industry. ERA/FoEN made the call following ...

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Time to act on Tobacco Act Regulations


When former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, signed the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act 2015 into law four days to the end of his administration, most Nigerians heaved a sigh relief. The exhilarating feeling among Nigerians was not unanticipated as the law had gone through a tortuous road, almost declared missing at a point before resurrecting to become a reality. The ...

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