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Tobacco Control Conversations: Join the webinar series

As we support the WHO in encouraging the world to #committoquit ahead of World No Tobacco Day on 31 May and beyond, join the #protectournext partners and expert guests for a series of TOBACCO CONTROL CONVERSATIONS that examine other things we need to QUIT to better protect our nation’s health. 


QUIT stalling!

Pass the Tobacco Control Bill to save lives

Tues 11 May, 11h00 - 12h15

The Tobacco Control Bill is set to introduce measures that will better protect both smokers and non-smokers. We hear from the experts on tobacco’s health impacts, and discuss what South Africa will look like once these measures are implemented. As we continue to wait for the legislation to be passed, what rights do we have, and how can citizens, organisations and even cities start taking proactive measures to protect people from tobacco harm?


QUIT money smoke and mirrors!

The real impact of tobacco

Tues 18 May, 11h00 – 12h15

We examine the real cost of tobacco to South Africa’s economy, and our nation’s health. How do we turn the tide on tobacco harm and curb tobacco industry interference with policy makers, government departments and society at large?


COVID-19 and the tobacco political and health economy

Hosted by ICARA, South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), University of Johannesburg

Thurs 27 May, 15h30 – 17h30

Experts present local and international learnings during COVID-19, looking at changes in smoking behaviour, as well as the pandemic’s impact on the sale and consumption of tobacco products. We examine Tobacco Industry marketing and policy interference during the COVID-19 pandemic. Could strong tobacco legislation make a difference?


WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY - #committoquit

Plug the e-cigarette regulation gap.

Monday 31st May, 10h00

As we mark this annual milestone day, we hear from the National Department of Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO), civil society organisations, medical and nursing associations on what is being done to turn the tide on tobacco harm in South Africa.

We will be crossing live to activities in the provinces. The programme includes the launch of an exciting new Tobacco Control dashboard, the first of its kind for Africa, that will put access to vital research and information at the fingertips of those who need it.



QUIT the vaping lies! 

Plug the e-cigarette regulation gap.

Tues 15 June, 14h00

No more ‘nicoteens’! The truth about smoking, vaping and nicotine and our youth. We discuss the health impacts of e-cigarettes and new research in South Africa that creates cause for concern. Young voices share their perspectives on the e-cigarette lures and pressures they experience. Will the new Tobacco Control Bill be in time to stem the damage?


We hope you can join us for these vital discussions. 
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Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that in South Africa (SA) alone, smoking results in more than half of lung cancer deaths, 37% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease deaths, and over 20% of cardiovascular deaths and tuberculosis (TB) deaths. Smoking-related TB deaths are especially prevalent in South Africa, due to a higher vulnerability of HIV-positive individuals to TB.  Because it attacks the lungs, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke or vape.

The new Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill will make it easier for South Africans to choose smoke-free lives, regulate the danger of e-cigarettes and decrease the impact of second-hand smoke on the majority of the population, who are non-smokers. Why is taking time to implement? Tobacco industry profits are at the expense of addicted smokers, their families, and public health.  Together, the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS), the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa are steadfast in campaigning for the new Bill to be passed. It’s time for our people and our government to show leadership in implementing global best practice to curb the onslaught of big tobacco. 

Zanele Mthembu, Public Health Development and Policy Consultant

Savera Kalideen, Executive Director of the National Council Against Smoking 

Sharon Nyatsanza, Project and Communications Manager, National Council Against Smoking 

Lorraine Govender, National Advocacy Co-Ordinator, Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)

Professor Pamela Naidoo, CEO, The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa

Dr Catherine Egbe, Specialist Scientist: Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council

Tamaryn Brown
Connect Media for Cart Agency
+27 (0) 84 3510560

Nirvana Kishoon 
Cart Agency
+27 (0) 82 823 3167


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