Tobacco tax remains the most effective, least used, public health intervention in the efforts to curb the tobacco epidemic in South Africa and abroad, writes Savera Kalideen.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday it has sent letters to Walmart Inc, Kroger Co and 10 other convenience store chains for selling tobacco products to minors.
Facebook Inc and Google, introduced the databases this year to give details on some political ads bought on their services, a response to US prosecutors’ allegations that Russian agents who deceptively interfered in the 2016 election purchased ads from the companies.
The National Council Against Smoking says it wants tax on cigarettes increased by 70 % to reduce tobacco consumption and increase tax revenue.
A study conducted by the University of Cape Town’s Economics of Tobacco Control Project has found that Africa has become a prime target for tobacco companies.