On May 31, Israel will mark the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World No Tobacco Day. This year, WHO is emphasizing the connection between smoking and lung health, including chronic respiratory infections and cancer, either as a result of passive or active smoking. Around the world, a total of 165,000 children under age five die each year due to lower respiratory infections caused by passive smoking. Those who survive continue to suffer the effects of childhood exposure as adults and are at increased risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in adulthood.
30 May, 2019.
Ahead of World No Tobacco Day (31 May), the World Health Organization is highlighting the damage tobacco causes to lung health: over 40% of all tobacco-related deaths are from lung diseases like cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and tuberculosis. WHO is calling on countries and partners to increase action to protect people from exposure to tobacco. “Every year, tobacco kills at least 8 million people. Millions more live with lung cancer, tuberculosis, asthma or chronic lung disease caused by tobacco,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. […]
29 May, 2019.
by Clive Bates
I’ve just taken part in a Twitter chat on tobacco harm reduction with an Africa focus. The chat was organised by the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (@GoingSmokefree) with hashtag #SaferAlternatives. I thought it would be good to preserve it in one place and invite more comments and questions. You can access the tweets from here. Read more of this post…
16 May, 2019
Chimwemwe Ngoma is a social scientist and a tobacco harm reduction advocate, he is implementing an information dissemination project on tobacco harm reduction and nicotine science in Malawi. He leads a group of 24 tobacco harm reduction volunteer ambassadors in Malawi and Zimbabwe. […]
18 April, 2019
By Patience Abeck
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-While Malawian farmers have long leaned on tobacco crops as their primary source of income, a comprehensive plan is needed to prepare them for an era of significantly reduced demand for tobacco.
In partnership with Agricultural Transformation Initiative (ATI), the organisation which aims to diversify tobacco-dependent economies, a new pilot program is underway in the Mchinji and Lilongwe districts to provide technology-enhanced finance and training extensions for tobacco farmers.
The program addresses capital and resource barriers, access and training for alternative value chains, development of business plans, and gender challenges for women smallholder farmers.
To stimulate supply and demand for farmers working with alternative crops, the initiative will offer access to capital for farmers to expand their businesses, along with the technology and training required to increase production and profits. Click here to learn more…
05 April, 2019.
Public health experts visit Malawi and Kenya, arguing that Africans must have access to lower-risk alternatives to smoking
LONDON, March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Smoking tobacco results in the world’s deadliest preventable diseases, ending the lives of half of all smokers prematurely. By the end of the century, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one billion people will have died from a smoking-related disease.
Globally, smoking rates are decreasing, but in many lower and middle income countries, African nations among them, rates are increasing. WHO data show a steep rise in smoking in many African countries, with many 5-year projected increases at 5% and more. Read more…
28 March, 2019.
Malawi government has committed itself to promoting the implementation of policies, regulations and programs aimed at reducing health risks associated with tobacco smoking. Chief of Health Service in the Ministry of Health Dr. Charles Mwansambo made the remarks at the launch of the Global State of Tobacco Harm reduction – Africa Launch in the capital Lilongwe. Read more