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WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use

WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use

The World Health organisation has launched the third edition of the WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025. The report shows among other things that world over the number of people using tobacco is declining, despite population growth. There has been a steady decline in any tobacco use for both males and females in each age group over the observed period 2000-2015.

The report also projects that the number of male tobacco users will decline from 2019 onwards. However concerted efforts still need to be made to ensure that this becomes a reality. According to the report current tobacco use rates in Africa among people 15 years and older is about 13%, for men being 21% and female 4%. The WHO’s news release can be viewed HERE and the FULL report can also be accessed HERE.

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Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index launched

Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index launched

The first ever Global Tobacco Interference report has been launched. For the first time, governments are scored on how well they are combating industry interference. The global survey was undertaken in 33 countries and reflects on how public health policies are protected from the industry’s meddling efforts, and how governments have pushed back against this influence.

The Tobacco Industry Interference Index report was published by STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products) a watchdog in the industry. Each country is scored annually on overall level of industry influence as well as key indicators. The full report can be accessed here.

South Africa has released their own country report alongside other countries and however, ranked low with a score of 72 reflecting the seriousness of tobacco industry interference and how little protection South Africans have. Click here for a summary or full report.

Global efforts are still needed to support governments to protect their health policy from the tobacco industry.

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