Tobacco Harm Reduction: One of the Alternatives towards Achieving SDG 3.

By Vita Mithi (THR-Malawi Volunteer Ambassador) 

Harm reduction refers to policies, regulations and activities that are put forward to reduce health risks or encourage less risky behaviours, by providing safer forms of hazardous products rather than concentrating on eradication of the hazardous products or risky behaviours only. So, Tobacco Harm reduction can be explained as policies, regulation and actions that are focused on reducing health risks or behaviours by providing safer forms or smokeless tobacco products to promote good health and well-being (Sustainable developmental Goal 3). Continue reading Tobacco Harm Reduction: One of the Alternatives towards Achieving SDG 3.

POLITICS AS USUAL: TOBACCO ECONOMICS

By Sahani Lungu (Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocate)

Fact, in Malawi, agriculture contributes to 1/3rd of the country’s GDP and up to 80% of the total revenue.  Tobacco is the main cash crop contributing to approximately 47% of the total forex revenue each year. In 2018, tobacco revenue reached a record high of USD 337.5 million,  up from the USD 212.4 million in the previous year, raising it’s forex contribution to 60%. Continue reading POLITICS AS USUAL: TOBACCO ECONOMICS