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October 14, 2019

For Immediate Release: October 04, 2019

Statement From: Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs - Food and Drug Administration

Norman E. "Ned" Sharpless MD

Over the past several weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been working tirelessly along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal, state and local partners to investigate the distressing incidents of severe lung injuries and de...

September 30, 2019

South Africa might face a similar health problem as the US as e-cigarettes are sold here without regulation. This lack of regulation has resulted in a proliferation of outlets selling these products without providing basic information such as the ingredients and the impact of e-cigarettes. With over 300 000 e-cigarettes users in South Africa, how can we stop it from happening here?

The burning question is how were e-cigarettes...

September 12, 2019

Yesterday the American Lung Association warned the public that e-cigarettes are not safe and can cause irreversible lung damage and disease.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US says that more than 450 cases of severe lung disease linked to the use of e-cigarettes have been reported.Symptoms include breathing difficulties, shortness of breath and sometimes chest pain before patients were hospitalized. O...

July 17, 2019

The National Council Against Smoking is working with Greenpeace Africa to raise awareness about the plastic in cigarette butts as part of Plastic-free July. They are leveraging on the global campaign, encouraging people to rethink the way they use plastic, by starting a campaign on their VUMA.EARTH platform, which calls for a ban on cigarette butts in South Africa.

“It may not be widely known, but cigarette butts are themselves...

July 17, 2019

The National Council Against Smoking is working with Greenpeace Africa to raise awareness about the plastic in cigarette butts as part of Plastic-free July.

A Spokesperson Savera Kalideen says they are leveraging on the global campaign, encouraging people to rethink the way they use plastic, by starting a campaign which calls for a ban on cigarette butts.

Did you know?

  • Cigarette butts are themselves made out of a form of plas...

July 17, 2019

Durban-  A campaign against cigarette butts has been launched by environmental organisation Greenpeace Africa in conjunction with the National Council Against Smoking.

The initiative aims to raise awareness over the use of plastic in cigarette butts as part of Plastic-free July. The organisations are calling for government and tobacco companies to take caution and act now. 

“In line with the polluter pays principle, tobacco comp...

July 17, 2019

The National Council Against Smoking and Greenpeace Africa are together working on a campaign to raise awareness about the plastic in cigarette butts as part of Plastic-free July. The organisations have started a #BanTheButt campaign on their Vuma.Earth platform.

“It may not be widely known, but cigarette butts are themselves made out of a form of plastic – cellulose acetate. They can take months or even years to break down int...

July 9, 2019

The National Council Against Smoking is working with Greenpeace Africa to raise awareness about the plastic in cigarette butts as part of Plastic-free July. We are leveraging on the global campaign, encouraging people to rethink the way they use plastic, by starting a campaign on their VUMA.EARTH platform which calls for a ban on cigarette butts (#BanTheButt). 

“It may not be widely known, but cigarette butts are themselves mad...

June 7, 2019

The Department of Environmental Affairs has published a new paper aimed at addressing high levels of air pollution. Air pollution monitoring data has shown that there are some geographic areas within the country where ambient air quality standards are being exceeded, and this is posing a threat to human health and the environment in those areas, the department said. What has become clear is that household utilisation of dirty...

May 22, 2019

Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in historic action to protect the lives and health of Brazilians, Brazil’s Office of the Attorney General (Advocacia-Geral da União) filed a lawsuit against multinational tobacco companies to recover funds spent on the treatment of tobacco-related diseases in Brazil’s health care system.

The suit is the first of its kind for B...

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