Featured: Big Tobacco Companies Wants African Nations To Do Its Bidding

By Leonce Dieudonné Sessou, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) There was a time when tobacco companies could market their deadly and addictive products with cartoon characters, svelte women and handsome Cowboys. Decades later, with growing evidence and public awareness of the harms of tobacco use, such unscrupulous advertising has been outlawed in many countries. Now, there is increasing evidence that the purveyors of cigarettes and other tobacco and nicotine products look hungrily at Africa, a region ripe for expanding demand for their products. The continent has low tobacco…

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