New GSTHR Briefing Paper: Tobacco Hurt Discount Should be Embraced in Sub-Saharan Africa 

An earlier GSTHR paper launched final Might titled What’s Tobacco Hurt Discount?, supplied an in depth introduction to the ideas, historical past and proof for this important public well being technique. Latest GSTHR knowledge had …

An earlier GSTHR paper launched final Might titled What’s Tobacco Hurt Discount?, supplied an in depth introduction to the ideas, historical past and proof for this important public well being technique. Latest GSTHR knowledge had revealed a 20% enhance in vapers worldwide from 2020 to 2021. Launched by Okay•A•C, the report equated the 20% enhance to 82 million in 2021 from 68 million in 2020. The figures obtainable within the new GSTHR Briefing Paper have been based mostly on 49 international locations and have been obtained by combining knowledge from totally different sources together with the 2021 Eurobarometer 506 survey.

In the meantime, titled “Tobacco Hurt Discount in Sub-Saharan Africa,” the most recent report argues that with such a excessive variety of smoking-related deaths every year in Sub-Saharan Africa, there’s an pressing want for the area to embrace tobacco hurt discount, based on UK-based public well being company Data•Motion•Change (Okay•A•C).

Authored by Chimwemwe Ngoma, the founding father of THR Malawi, the brand new KAC paper investigates the present standing of tobacco hurt discount within the 48 international locations of Sub-Saharan Africa. It argues that tobacco hurt discount might generate important public well being features within the area notably particularly provided that the WHO has estimated that the variety of tobacco customers is ready to extend to 62 million by 2025.

African international locations urged to divert from tobacco farming

In the meantime, sociologist and tobacco hurt discount knowledgeable, Gerry Stimson has been advising African international locations to keep away from catastrophe by transferring away from tobacco farming in direction of a extra sustainable crop, as a result of tobacco hurt discount is right here to remain.

Stimson was one of many presenters at a earlier GSTHR report, “Combating The Final Battle: The WHO and Worldwide Tobacco Management,” launched on the twenty seventh October. An occasion geared toward drawing consideration to, and problem the path of the COP9 which was held in November final yr,

In response to a journalist’s remark about the truth that some African international locations depend on tobacco manufacturing, Stimson warned that any tobacco-dependent international locations which is able to delay transferring away from the ‘inexperienced gold’ would have disastrous results on their economies in a not so distant future from now.

“I do know there are some international locations in African comparable to Malawi that closely depend on tobacco manufacturing. However by now, Malawi must be excited about agricultural transformation. The query these international locations that rely on tobacco must be contemplating is: What does the way forward for tobacco manufacturing appear to be for them?” he emphasised.

New GSTHR Report: Combating The Final Battle: The WHO and Worldwide Tobacco Management

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