Myanmar: Ministry of Health and Sports guidelines on interactions with the tobacco industry

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Secretariat The Ministry of Health and Sports of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar adopted, on 17 August 2020, Directive 91/2020 which contains guidance on interactions with “cigar and tobacco product manufacturer, distributor, seller or related person”. The Ministry of Health and Sports elaborated these […]

The Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control 2019-2025: focusing and intensifying efforts to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

November 11, 2020 WHO FCTC This week would have been the week of the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) with the global tobacco control community gathering in The Hague, the Netherlands for this important occasion. This of course is no longer possible due to […]

Questions raised over speech by vaccine taskforce chair to investors

November 2, 2020 Express Standard MPs have called for explanations after it emerged that the head of the Government’s vaccine taskforce might have revealed potentially sensitive information to conference attendees last week. Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, asked why Kate Bingham, who chairs the taskforce, had told investors which potential developers of Covid-19 treatments the […]

Legal loophole allows children to get free vape samples

October 25, 2020 The Guardian UK health experts fear sharp rise in popularity of e-cigarettes among teenagers, as seen in the US Health campaigners have expressed alarm after it emerged that a loophole in the law means it is legal for marketing companies to hand out vapes to children for free. British American Tobacco (BAT) is investigating […]

Ghana gets 58 in tobacco index report

October 22, 2020 Authors: Jamila Akweley OkertchiriDaily Guide Net A new report on the extent to which the tobacco industry influences government’s tobacco control policies has scored Ghana 58 points for the implementation of tobacco control measures. According to the first Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index Report developed by the Vision for Alternative Development, although Ghana’s policy […]

WHO: Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

October 25, 2020 Mindanao Daily GENEVA–Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September. This equates to one in five of all deaths from […]

Will Pakistan’s tobacco traceability odyssey finally come to an end?

October 23, 2020 QRIUS In the light of extensive links between Big Tobacco and legislative processes, there’s little reason to wonder why the government’s previous attempts to install a tracking system have been so notoriously opaque and dysfunctional Pakistan is bracing for the second wave of the coronavirus as the number of active cases rapidly increases. […]

2021 Budget should increase taxes on tobacco, alcoholic beverages-VALD

October 21, 2020 My Joy Online The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organisation has launched a 2020 Tobacco Industry Interferences Index Report-Ghana with a call on government to announce in its 2021 budget tax increases on tobacco, alcoholic beverages and other unhealthy products. It stated that since 2015, there had not been tax […]

Opinion: Tobacco — a slow-motion pandemic hindering achievement of the SDGs

November 5, 2020 Authors: Adriana Blanco Marquizo devex In an ideal world — more mindful of the value of life than of profit —  tobacco would never have been a legal product. Tobacco kills more than 8 million people globally every year; around 1.2 million of those deaths are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke, many of them children. Today, […]

The world loses about $ 1 trillion a year from smoking

November 4, 2020 Vinanet According to research by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US National Cancer Institute, smoking costs the world economy about 1,000 billion USD each year. In addition, smoking each year causes about 7-8 million deaths, and this number will increase by about a third by 2030. Those losses are more than […]