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ATIM Press Release: Bin ‘Tobacco Trash’ for good this World No Tobacco Day 2022

PRESS STATEMENT: 31 May 2022 31 May 2022, Tobacco control advocates across the globe gather to celebrate World No tobacco day. This is an annual event to raise awareness of the negative implications of tobacco use. This year’s theme aims to educate the public on the importance of protecting our environment from the threat of […]

Enquête et analyse de réseau du personnel des organisations de la société civile (OSC) liées au tabac en Afrique subsaharienne

ATIM EMS vous invite à répondre à une enquête portant sur votre rôle dans votre organisation, les types d’activités auxquelles votre organisation participe régulièrement et votre réseau de lutte antitabac. Il vous faudra environ 15 à 20 minutes pour répondre à l’enquête. Le plus important est que votre participation à cette étude est volontaire et […]

Survey and Network analysis of Personnel in Tobacco-Related Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Sub-Saharan Africa

SMU ATIM invites you to complete a survey that asks about your role in your organization, the types of activities your organization is routinely involved in, and your tobacco control network. It will take you about 15-20 minutes to complete the survey. Most importantly, your participation in this study is voluntary, and you can choose […]

Mauritania implements graphical health warnings on cigarette packaging

Mauritania has operationalised the illustration of health warnings since last week across the country. The warnings demonstrated include photos of rotten teeth, deteriorated and diseased lungs. These messages are intended to create public awareness, especially for young people, with regard to tobacco use.  The article n° 26 of the anti-tobacco law (20-2018) stipulates that “packages […]

South African government to increase prices on tobacco products with new vaping tax planned.

The South African government announced a hike on tobacco products between 4.5 to 6.5% and revealed that electronic cigarettes will be taxed at 2.90 per milliliters from January 2023. However, the increase on cigarette is insufficient as it is below minimum target set by the WHO FCTC, defeating the purpose of reducing tobacco consumption, a […]

ATIM’s training on tobacco industry monitoring for effective tobacco control advocacy continues to make impact

Following completion of the Building of Effective Tobacco Control Advocates (BETA) training course offered by the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU)’s Africa Centre for Tobacco industry Monitoring and Policy Research (ATIM),  over 100 advocates that have been trained have consistently provided positive feedback on knowledge gained including a recently graduated PhD candidate who also […]

Tobacco Industry behind ‘vapers’ protest movement

A recent investigation conducted by European journalist “Le Monde” and “The Investigative Desk” (Netherlands) reveals a relationship between public opposition of e-cigarette regulations, tobacco companies and other corporate interests. These findings were achieved through tracking activities setup by the Word Vaping Association (including a bus tour across Europe and rallying opposition to e-cigarette regulations) executed […]

The Launch of Africa Regional Report on Tobacco Industry Interference index 2021

The first ever Africa regional report on Tobacco Industry Interference index has been launched. The regional report was published by the Africa Tobacco Control Alliance (ACTA) in collaboration with Global Centre for Good Governance on Tobacco Control, the Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research (ATIM) the Africa Capacity Building Foundation(ACBF). The regional […]

OP-ED: Political will is the vaccine needed against Big Tobacco in Africa

By Prof. Olalekan Ayo-Yusuf Published: 10 October 2021 Tobacco kills an estimated eight million people each year globally. And it’s known that the African continent is being targeted by tobacco companies. Are we doing enough to limit its harmful effects? Over the past three weeks, a series of reports has emerged exposing how tobacco giant British American […]

What is Article 5.3 and why is it important?

Understanding the convention articles

Article 5.3 is  the section of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control which provides guidance on how to handle  interference from the tobacco industry.  There are four principles:

* There is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy interests.

* Parties, when dealing with the tobacco industry or those working to further its interests, should be accountable and transparent.

* Parties should require the tobacco industry and those working to further its interests to operate and act in a manner that is accountable and transparent.

* Because their products are lethal, the tobacco industry should not be granted incentives to establish or run their businesses.

Under these guidelines, there are eight recommendations. These include:

* Raise awareness about tobacco industry interference among all those working in all branches of government and among the public.

* Avoid any interaction with the tobacco industry except where necessary to enable them to effectively regulate tobacco products and the tobacco industry. Where interactions do take place, they must be conducted transparently.

* Reject partnerships, non-binding or non-enforceable agreements with the industry, including voluntary codes of conduct, industry-sponsored tobacco control initiatives or industry offers to assist with the development of tobacco control legislation or policy.

* Develop clear policies on avoidance of conflicts of interest for government officials, employees, consultants and contractors. A wide range of specific steps are recommended within the guidelines.

* Require disclosure of information by the tobacco industry to promote transparency. This must include tobacco production, manufacture, sales and content, as well as industry lobbying, philanthropy, political donations.

* Denormalise and regulate activities described by the industry as “socially responsible” and expose the real intent – such as making the industry seem benevolent towards the population – behind these activities. ‚

* Do not give any benefits, tax exemptions or other incentives to the tobacco industry.

* Treat any state-owned tobacco industry no differently from privately-owned tobacco companies

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