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80% of smokers live in low-and middle-income countries and have no access to safer nicotine products — resulting in greater pain and suffering, prolonged illness and preventable deaths. Health professionals and Policy makers in Africa find themselves confronted by a phenomenon of rising cigarette smoking rates. Despite some effort by African governments in achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals, reducing tobacco smoking has proved the hardest to deliver. …


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Tobacco-free nicotine pouches are used in the same way as snus. They come in form of a pouch similar to a mini teabag and generally contain water,flavors,Nicotine and plant based fibers .The user places a pouch between the upper lip and gum, and leaves it there while the nicotine and taste is being released

Nicotine from a nicotine pouch is slowly absorbed through the lining of the mouth, delivering nicotine levels similar to the levels from smoking.

What are the side-effects of Nicotine in snus and nicotine pouches?

Nicotine is not carcinogenic,it does not cause cancer ! You’ll be surprised to know that Nicotine doesn’t cause smoking-related diseases, such as cancers…


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The World No Tobacco Day 2020 is here,with the year not having been such a stellar success for the World Health Organization’s FCTC efforts on its own terms, especially in developing countries.They have yet again missed their target of reducing cancer,heart and lung disease,as 8 million more people will die from smoking related diseases this year. The WHO stated through the FCTC that it’s mandate is to progressively reduce tobacco consumption, but is failing because it is not designed to be independent.

It is a well known fact that the World Health Organization achieves consensus on tobacco control and vaping…


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Tobacco control lobbyists and other moralization groups are blaming the spread of the coronavirus on alcohol and cigarettes, and calling for a total ban on these products. With an increasing number of countries in Africa issuing “stay at home” or “shelter in place” directives, businesses regarded as essential remain open. The lists of essential businesses have some variation across various countries in Africa, with some selling Alcohol and Tobacco.

South Africa recently banned the sale of alcohol and cigarettes, without sufficient evidence that the ban will limit the spread of Covid-19. This has led to an increase in illegal cigarette…


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A south African born Professor by the name Michael Russell once said, “people smoke for the nicotine but die from the tar”.This sentiment needs to be echoed more in today’s society where there’s gross misunderstanding when it comes to nicotine .Nicotine is an alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants, predominantly in tobacco, and in lower quantities in tomato, potato, eggplant , and green pepper.

You'll be surprised to know that Nicotine doesn’t cause smoking-related diseases, such as cancers and heart disease, but it is addictive.Cigarette smoking and the many chemicals it exposes a person to, not nicotine itself…


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Anyone come across Philip Morris’ unsmoke the world campaign yet ? I have said before that big tobacco’s efforts to avail safer nicotine alternatives is a good thing for public health . But you would think with tobacco companies claims of gradual shift from traditional cigarettes to safer nicotine products, their initiatives would target regions with growing number of smokers.

Approximately 270,000 Africans died of smoking-related illnesses in 2019. With a rapidly growing young population and rising prosperity, sadly, in many African countries the number of smokers is expected to soar. Tobacco companies seem to leave the Africa out of…


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The Ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (W.H.O F.C.T.C) is only months away. The F.C.T.C’s stated objective is to progressively reduce tobacco consumption “by providing a framework for tobacco control measures to be implemented by the Parties at the national, regional, and international levels.

Being the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of W.H.O,It was adopted by the World Health Assembly on May 21, 2003 and entered into force on February 27, 2005, with 168 Signatories, including the European Union, which made it one of the most widely…


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Cigarettes are smoked by over 1 billion people, which is nearly 20% of the world’s population . Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions,some may be fatal, and others can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health.Repressive tobacco control policies and practices create and exacerbate the harms associated with smoking. One of the barriers to smoking cessation via product switching is misinformation about nicotine products. …


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Despite some effort by Africa in achieving some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), reducing tobacco use has proved the hardest to deliver. Reducing tobacco use plays a major role in global efforts to achieve the SDG target to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one third by 2030.

Significant disparities in health outcomes around the world are driven by unequal access to essential health products. Scientific advances have led to the creation of new nicotine delivery products that have saved millions of lives. …


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Vaping is an alternative to combustible tobacco as a means of satisfying nicotine cravings: as Professor Michael Russell put it, “People smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar”.There’s conclusive evidence that completely substituting traditional cigarettes with e-cigarettes reduces smokers’ exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens present in combustible cigarettes.

The unpalatable flavor of e-liquids can thwart the benefits of vaping. Failure to switch from traditional cigarettes to vaping may do smokers more harm and can even be life-threatening. A distinctive solution to this issue is flavored e-liquids. Vaping doesn’t have to taste bad. A smoker who has difficulty…

Joseph Magero

Avid Tobacco Harm Reductionist

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