The Netherlands wants to get rid of super tobacco sales quickly | Politics

1 February 2021 Christopher Cloutier, Netherland News wire Two thirds of the Dutch support the government plan to ban cigarette sales from the supermarket, according to new research commissioned by the Heart Foundation, KWF Kankerbestrijd and the Lung Fund. Preferably by 2022. At the moment, 67 percent of the surveyed adults are in favor of […]

S. Korea seeks to extend healthy life expectancy with higher tobacco, liquor prices

28 January 2021 Jung Ji-sung and Cho Jeehyun, Pulse South Korean government has vowed to extend the country’s healthy life expectancy to 73.3 years by 2023 by bringing down smoking rate and alcohol consumption with higher price tags. The Ministry of Health and Welfare released a three-year national health promotion plan on Wednesday, which include […]

Kazakh Parliament ratifies free trade agreement between EAEU, Serbia

28 January 2021 Nargiz Sadikhova, Trend News Agency Senate (upper house) of Kazakhstan’s Parliament has ratified the law draft on ratification of the free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and its member states, and Serbia, Trend reports citing Kazakh media. In Dec. 2020, the law draft was ratified by the Mazhilis (lower […]

South Africa: U.S.$1,500 ‘Bribe’ Offered As More Cigarettes Seized During COVID-19 Lockdown

May 3, 2020 Three people have been arrested in Lenasia, Johannesburg, in spite of allegedly offering a whopping R30 000 to get out of being caught selling cigarettes during the coronavirus lockdown. Read more: allAfrica

COVID-19 and Tobacco Industry Interference (2020)

  I. Background On February 14, 2020, the head of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme posited that smoking is a risk factor for the severity of any lower respiratory tract infection, and that the same would be expected in COVID-19, a respiratory disease.[1] To identify smokers as a potential vulnerable group for COVID-19, health experts […]