A tobacco history timeline published showcases a decrease in smoking among adults, from 42.2 percent in 1965 to about 18 percent today.
Between 1993 and 2003, smoking prevalence decreased from 34% to 21.4% in South Africa through the implementation of its various anti-tobacco policies and legislation that have resulted in a ban of all tobacco advertisements, the enforcement of health warnings on cigarette packages, and an increase in excise taxes among a plethora of other interventions. A predictable consequence of cigarette price increases is that some people will switch to cheaper substitutes, like roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco. This may negate the effect of taxation and increases the negative consequences for their health.
The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established to build and sustain institutional capacity of African governments in tobacco control. This is done through the provision technical and financial resources to create comprehensive and strong tobacco control bills, policies and regulations. Additionally, the Centre has provided a platform for dialogue among the tobacco control actors including parliamentarians, civil society organizations (CSOs), academia and media fraternity. Furthermore, CTCA has built capacity of African governments and CSOs through training, developing and availing toolkits and orientation of key stakeholders in several countries.
The programme will focus on the economics of tobacco control, with a particular interest in poverty and tobacco use, and will explore the use of existing survey instruments.
The UP with the support of the Global Health Initiative of the ACS, is offering an 18-month degree programme for a Master of Public Health
degree in Health Promotion with special interest in tobacco control.
The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) collaborates with PHASA on a project on smoke-free policies and regulations for health care facilities.
The University of Pretoria (UP) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) invite applications from citizens from Sub-Saharan Africa for three fully funded fellowships.
On 22 March 2011, the Equity and Transformation Committee at the Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT organised an International Roundtable on Human Rights-based approaches to tobacco control. The results are presented here.
People are invited to participate in this discussion that will take place on the 22nd March 2011, 10am to 2pm at the Health Science Faculty at UCT.
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