Plain packaging is recommended as an evidence-based, best-practice policy for reducing tobacco consumption by the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, write Nicole Vellios and Sam Filby in Daily Maverick. The South African government is lobbying for more stringent tobacco laws - including an end to designated smoking areas in public places, restaurants, etc. This as tobacco companies in their court argument, say that plain packaging will stifle competition.
Sifting Out Facts in the Tactics Used by Tobacco Industry on Plain Packaging
Daily Maverick, 4 August 2019
Plain packaging is recommended as an evidence-based, best-practice policy for reducing tobacco consumption by the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco… Read more »
Strategies to Reverse Tobacco Usage in Africa in the Spotlight
WHO, 29 July 2019
Tobacco is one of the leading causes of morbidity worldwide, and with almost a fifth of the people in Africa - about 94 million people - using tobacco products, the World Health… Read more »
Did Big Tobacco Buy Twitter?
Bhekisisa, 7 September 2018
There's more to the data -- and social media -- backing the latest tobacco-funded ad campaign. Read more »
New Smoke Signals - Is Big Tobacco Using Influencers to Illegally Punt New Products?
Bhekisisa, 20 June 2019
Could companies' wooing of social media influencers be just a clever ploy to get around the country's tobacco advertising ban? Read more »
Courts Push Back Against the Might of Big Tobacco
Legalbrief, 13 June 2019
For some years I have been following the progress of tobacco control court challenges across Africa. Two things have struck me. First, each new law or regulation aimed at forcing… Read more »
Smoke, Spies and Lies - Should You Throw Away Your e-Cigarette?
Bhekisisa, 23 April 2019
The woman picks up her black leather briefcase, and with her head high, marches out of the conference room of the postgraduate club house at the University of the Witwatersrand in… Read more »
A Small Change to Tax Could Net the Country Billions - And Save Lives
Bhekisisa, 20 February 2019
The illegal cigarette trade shouldn't stop us from hiking tobacco taxes. Read why. Read more »
The tobacco industry is set for another challenge as the health ministry says it will follow Australia's example and try to ban the display of brand names on tobacco packets. Read more »
The conflict of public health against industry power is exemplified in the tobacco industry, writes AfricaFocus. Read more »
Tobacco researcher Catherine Egbe, one of several top health experts who sat down to discuss the safety of vaping, has said that e-cigarettes are not the solution to nicotine ... Read more »
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