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  • The use of roll-your-own cigarettes in South Africa

    by Bukola Olutola
    The use of roll-your-own cigarettes in South Africa
    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. read more
  • CTCA: A resource centre for advancing tobacco control in Africa

    by Nyamurungi Kellen
    CTCA: A resource centre for advancing tobacco control in Africa
    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. read more
  • Hopeful evidence – smoking cessation medication

    by Megan Harker
    Hopeful evidence – smoking cessation medication
    When a smoker with limited funds approached the public health care system for help to quit smoking, Motivational Interviewing (MI) was the only treatment available to them. This despite the fact that there were recommended non-prescription medications on the market (Nicotine Replacement Therapies) as well as prescription medications (Nicotine Receptor Agonists) and antidepressants. Furthermore, costly curative care would be provided in the public health care system when smokers got illnesses and diseases linked to smoking. Megan Harker investigates the intricacies of smoking cessation medication. read more
  • Primary Health Care and Health in All Policies

    by Jeanette Hunter
    Primary Health Care and Health in All Policies
    Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to public policies across all sectors that systematically takes into account and steers clear of negative consequences for health and health systems. HiAP speaks to policies across all sectors and while the health sector has a substantial role in making HiAP a reality, an ever present HiAP approach should not be the exclusive role of the health sector. We do not limit ourselves to just HiAP but also implement Health in All Actions (HiAA). We need keen and relevant academic and research activity, active citizenry and vibrant and relevant civil society organizations to make HIAP and HiAA a reality for better health for all citizens. read more
  • Africa’s Public Health Legacy – Vibrant and Visionary

    by James Chauvin
    Africa’s Public Health Legacy – Vibrant and Visionary
    National public health associations, schools and programs of public health and the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) have a role to play in building and fostering leadership in and for public health. Civil society has a responsibility to advocate for and create transformative change and it has the leadership, resources and means to make it happen. Collectively, national public health associations such as the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) and the WFPHA create a strong and vibrant civil society to defend and promote the interests of the public’s health. Africa’s public health legacy is strong and vibrant, and will be sustained and substantial well beyond the end of the Millennium Development Goals cycle in 2015. read more
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