African tobacco control NGOs concerned about media manipulation

A group of regional tobacco control organisations have called out global tobacco manufacturer Philip Morris International for trying to manipulate a group of African journalists through a workshop on its latest "harm reduction" products. The workshop was for journalists from Anglophone and Francophone African countries which took place in Johannesburg in mid August and was sponsored by Philip Morris International. The workshop was themed “Harm Reduction: Gateway to A Smoke Free Continent?”. In a statement, the African Tobacco Control Alliance, the Framework Convention Alliance, the Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research, the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa a

Philip Morris hides data in plain sight on dangers of new heat-not-burn product

For as long as smoking has been known to cause cancer and other diseases, Big Tobacco has worked to avoid the truth about its deadly and highly addictive products. Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco. Burning the tobacco generates an aerosol of ultrafine particles that carries nicotine deep into smokers' lungs, where it is absorbed and rapidly reaches the brain. That burning yields toxic chemicals that cause disease. Ever since people started understanding in the 1950s that smoking kills, millions have struggled to stop smoking. The tobacco companies, desperate to keep and expand their customers, have been trying to make “safer cigarettes” since the 1960s. They have also developed pro

Africa loses a tobacco control giant

Tobacco control advocates across the continent and world have hailed the death of Dr Shiela Ndyanabangi as a big loss for Africa as well as international tobacco control community. Ndyanabangi, 52, worked in the Ugandan Department of Health and was also the country's Tobacco Control Focal person. News of her passing circulated over the weekend, citing her long battle with cancer. In Uganda, Ndyanabangi had played a key role advocating for the Tobacco Control Act of 2015 to be enacted. The act regulates the consumption and supply of tobacco and its products. Framework Convention Alliance Africa co ordinator Tih Ntiabang said: "I am saddened. by the loss of Dr Sheila Nyanabangi. I join the t

Getting South Africa to support the Draft Tobacco Control Bill

In the weeks before comments for the bill closed, the tobacco industry went on a massive offensive trying to get South Africans not to support the Draft Tobacco Control Bill. Watch NCAS Executive Director Savera Kalideen explain the need for the bill on eNCA's Morning News Today while Francois Venter, head of the Tobacco Industry of South Africa fights against it.

How South Africa ticked all the boxes for the new tobacco control bill

In case you missed it: National Council Against Smoking Executive Director Savera Kalideen discusses the Draft Tobacco Control Bill with Jane Dutton on eNCA's Tonight with Jane Dutton show along with the National Department of Health's Chief Director for Health Promotion Lynn Moeng-Mahlangu. Representing the tobacco industry is Japan Tobacco International's General Manager Andrew Newman and Vaping Association head Zodwa Velleman.

Using e-cigarettes daily doubles the risk of a heart attack

Study shows e-cig exposure affects the cardiovascular system People who use e-cigarettes every day can nearly double their odds of getting a heart attack, according to new research. And those that use both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes — the most common use pattern among e-cigarette users — appears to be doing their body even more harm than those use either of these products alone. The paper -- published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine by researchers from the University of California San Francisco -- was an analysis of a survey of nearly 70,000 people. Looking at dual use, the study found that the risks compound, so that daily use of both e-cigarettes and conventi

Time to enact tobacco bill and make companies cough up tax they owe

The challenge in South Africa is that the tobacco industry has tried to malign evidence-based and necessary policy changes by spreading misinformation and leaving out pertinent facts about its own role in the illicit trade. Writes NCAS Executive Director Savera Kalideen Comments for the draft Tobacco Control Bill have closed after three months and the Department of Health is moving into the next phase of deliberating on the submissions it received. This is a lengthy process that could take several months and might include portfolio committee discussions in Parliament. In all likelihood, the bill will be finalised in the later part of next year. The bill is important for the average South Afr

Greedy tobacco industry is at it again

It’s lying to the poor by hiding the harmful effects of its products and making them believe that they in fact sustain jobs. All this in a bid to push aside the proposed legislation and advance its own interests, writes Aaron Motsoaledi. THE EXPLOITATION of poverty and unemployment for reaction- ary reasons, which is a strategy that is being employed by some in the tobacco industry, is not new. At the height of apartheid repression, when progressive forces called for eco- nomic sanctions against the racist regime, those who wanted the status quo to remain argued that sanctions would increase the rate of unemployment and thus harm the poor more because levels of poverty would rapidly increas

Stellenbosch University's medical faculty to become smoke/ tobacco-free zone

From the 1st of January, 2019, Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) Tygerberg Campus will be declared a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. This means that no smoking or the use of any tobacco product (including e-cigarettes or hookah pipes) will be allowed anywhere on campus. The faculty will instead provide nicotine-replacement therapy and other proven interventions to help smokers quit or manage their cravings during their time on campus. It's all part of the faculty's strategy to tackle the public health concern of smoking head-on. “In our strategic plan, the Faculty commits itself to the health and wellness of its staff and students. By making the campus

10 reasons why e-cigarettes are more harmful than you think

e-Cigarettes are have become more available in South Africa than they’ve ever been. And many manufacturers have been marketing them as a mechanism that help smokers to quit cigarettes. But e-cigarettes are more harmful that people realize. We’ve gathered some of the newest global research to show you exactly why e-cigarettes are more harmful than manufacturers suggest. Here’s 10 reasons why you should steer clear of e-cigarettes: 1. Research shows that daily e-cigarette users are about twice as likely to have had a heart attack. 2. Studies show there’s a link between e-cigarette use and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases like bronchitis and emphysema. 3. e-cigarettes trigger inflammatory