The growth in tobacco use in Africa is a potential public health catastrophe.
Globally, about 1 million deaths annually are related to exposure to second-hand smoke. Thirteen African countries have implemented comprehensive smoke-free bans.
The ban on the sale of alcohol has been partially lifted, but tobacco remains prohibited.
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South Africa’s lockdown rules started with high legitimacy. But it has been eroded and has now dissolved.
A girl holds a placard during a rally to create awareness about the effect of tobacco.
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With the advent of novel tobacco products and the tobacco industry falsely marketing them as less harmful, the adage “prevention is better than cure” has never been more important.
Shao Fei lights a cigarette on a Beijing street in 2015 as a co-worker looks on. Shao said at the time that higher taxes on cigarettes would lead him to stop smoking.
Tobacco taxes have been shown to curtail cigarette smoking. Why aren’t more countries, including the US, implementing them effectively?
All you need to know about illegal cigarettes and tobacco.
Cigarettes are part of the social and economic fabric of prisons.
Scottish parliament with Calton Hill in the background.
Scotland voted for its own parliament in September 1997, but has yet to make its mind up about the biggest issue of all.
Public display in Montevideo, Uruguay, of the toxins found in tobacco.
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Uruguay fights tobacco more strongly than many countries 100 times its size – including the U.S. It recently won a battle against Philip Morris. Should others follow the example of this tiny nation?
Research shows how tobacco companies are feeling the effects of smoking bans across the world.
A World Health Organisation report says e-cigarettes should be regulated, but they are banned in Australia.
The World Health Organisation has just released a report on electronic nicotine delivery systems that calls for their global regulation in the interests of public health. The most well-known such devices…
Not with children.
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Ask a parent to lock a child in an enclosed smoke-filled space, exposing them to arsenic, tar and formaldehyde, and they’ll inevitably say “no”. Yet one in ten parents continues to do just that. For libertarians…
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Smoking with children in the car could get the red light.
More than 500 health care professionals have signed an open letter to MPs urging their support for a ban on smoking in vehicles with children in. The ban forms part of the Children and Families Bill, which…
Smokers cost employees more than $3000 each year through taking breaks, absenteeism and lowered productivity. The study published…