Efforts to reduce tobacco harm in Africa up appear futile due to inadequate policies

AFRICA – Lack of support, inadequate policies and misinformation have been identified as some of the obstacles standing in the way of the reduction of tobacco harm in Africa as discussed during the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) held in Liverpool, England last week. During the summit, it was established that the continent has about 77 million smokers with at least 250, 000 of them dying from smoking-related diseases every year Joseph Magero, chairman of, Campaign for Safer Alternatives Africa, a regional organization that advocates for the adoption of tobacco…

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FDA rolls out a tobacco quitting campaign dubbed “Commit to Quit”

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has launched a year-long campaign dubbed: “Commit to Quit,” aimed at supporting tobacco smokers to abandon smoking as it poses enormous health hazards on their wellbeing. The campaign is purposing to roll out routine public education in schools, market places and transport terminals to serve as a platform for speaking on specific challenges smokers encounter in their quest to quit tobacco smoking. The crusade will advocate for stronger tobacco cessation policies, increase access to cessation services, raise awareness of tobacco industry tactics…

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