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World no tobacco day

Minister of Health Dorcas Makgato said her ministry is in the process of reviewing and strengthening the anti-tobacco legislation. Ms. Makgato said this at the World No Tobacco day commemoration in Ghanzi on the 31st June 2016. She explained that the review of legislation was to make it compliant to the principles of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on tobacco (FTCT). Ms. Makgato noted that the legislation would address some gaps, which tobacco industry had been using tobacco products. She also indicated that review of the anti-tobacco legislation would include introduction of health warnings on tobacco packages. Minister Dorcas Makgato said government recognised this convention that guided member states on the strategies and protocol that might be used in tobacco control.

Plain packaging, Minister Makgato said, this was one of the significant demand reduction measures that lessened the attractiveness of tobacco advertising and promotion. She also said Plain Packaging limits misleading packaging and labelling increases effectiveness of Health warnings. World No Tobacco day commemoration is a reminder to nations of negative health effects associated with tobacco smoking, with 4000 chemicals of which 40% has been identified to be cancer- causing. She said smoking leads to 6 million deaths each year world-wide including 600 000 of non-smokers being exposed to second hand smoke. She said it is with this year’s theme that as government they should take steps to remove the colourful luring packaging on tobacco products to save the nation.

In his remarks WHO country representative Dr Martin Ovberedjo commended government of Botswana on the significant strides made to control the use of tobacco. He noted that laws are being tightened around the world to protect public health from the dangers of tobacco industry. He said smoking and other forms of tobacco use are declining steadily across the world. Dr Ovberedjo indicated that treating tobacco related diseases such as cancer and heart disease is expensive, explaining that these diseases strike people in their prime leading to reduction in production and incomes also curtailed.Read more...


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