Five big changes on cards in South Africa's new smoking laws for 2018

Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi has indicated that the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act will be submitted to cabinet for approval early next year. The proposals, first mooted in 2015, have garnered significant public interest as they propose a number of strict new smoking laws.

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United Nations Global Compact: an ‘Inroad’ into the UN and reputation boost for the tobacco industry

Excluding tobacco manufacturers from UNGC participation is an important step to limit the tobacco industry’s ability to influence the UN and promote its image and, by extension, its deadly products.

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Ethiopia’s first tobacco survey reveals alarming trend

With international tobacco companies’ vying to gain a foothold in the Ethiopian tobacco market, a new survey reveals that there are around 3.7 million tobacco users and 2.9 million adult cigarette smokers in the country

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Study shows tobacco companies targeting the poorest people in UK

Cheaper brands, price-marking and smaller pack sizes are thwarting attempts to reduce UK smoking rates, researchers say.

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Heart disease is a top killer in South Africa

Dr Scott Drimie writes about how non-communicable or lifestyle diseases (NCDs) are among the top causes of death in the country (at around 40%) and are responsible for considerable premature mortality with more than a third of NCD-related deaths occurring before the age of 60.

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Hotel deals now available

All those participating in the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health can now take advantage of a number of hotel rates negotiated for the conference.

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BMJ editorial: Tobacco giant wants to eliminate smoking...and pigs might fly

Prof Simon Chapman on tobacco giants and the elimination of smoking.

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WHO tells governments to reject Philip Morris-funded smoking foundation

The World Health Organization told governments on Thursday not to get involved in a foundation funded by tobacco firm Philip Morris International.

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2018 Luther Terry Awards nominations deadline 29 September

Details about the nomination process and guidelines are available on the American Cancer Society website.

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WHO FCTC Secretariat’s statement on launch of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) notes the launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, led by a former official of the World Health Organization.

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Workshops and satellite session submissions open until 1 October

Read the guidelines and submit your sessions online now.

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Inside Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the global anti-smoking treaty

The world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company is deploying its vast resources against international efforts to reduce smoking. Internal documents uncovered by Reuters reveal details of the secret operation.

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