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Sigareth? 

Jump to full article: Sigareth? (mu), 2010-09-06

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A comic strip created by Titane Laurent for VISA Mauritius to promote having big graphic health warnings on cigarette packs

If you want to distribute the comic strip in your country

If you want to distribute the comic strip in your country, contact Véronique at visamauritius@gmail.com

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· Mauritius

Role models must quit smoking 

Jump to full article: Le Défi (mu), 2010-06-18
Author: Ramawad Ramful

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Statistics have it that the “prevalence of tobacco use” among health professionals is quite high (around 12 %) in Mauritius but most of them are keen to be involved in smoking cessation. However, most of them (65 %) think they do not have the necessary knowledge and skills “to help smokers to quit in their practice” and for that , almost all the professionals say they “need training in smoking cessation techniques”. They are even ready to refer their patients who smoke to the smoking cessation clinic in their area of practice, if available.

Already, the authorities are giving serious thought to starting such smoking cessation clinics on a national basis. One such clinic was started on a pilot basis at Odette Leal Health Clinic, in Beau Bassin, in December 2008 and the response is said to be encouraging so far. The clinic is part of the national Tobacco Action Plan 2008-2012. . .

In its final recommendations, the report underscores that a lack of training is the main barrier “ to implementation of effective smoking cessation services for patients in Mauritius.” It recommends the need to organise workshops for each category of health professionals. Experts will have to be invited to lead the workshops so as to “constitute a critical mass of empowered health professionals committed to prevention and cessation programmes.”

Secondly, the report lays emphasis on the need to provide necessary support to health professionals to quit smoking. “They are role models in society; they are also key stakeholders in the prevention of tobacco uptake and in the promotion of smoking cessation among patients.” Equally important is to implement a holistic approach to facilitate smoking cessation on work premises along with the need for a proper environment to enable quitting and sustain smoking cessation.

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World No Tobacco Day 2010: Dissemination Workshop on Tobacco Studies 

Jump to full article: Mauritius Government Online Centre (mu), 2010-06-03

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The time has come to say NO to cigarette smoking. The Government is waging a war against tobacco smoking and the ultimate goal is to make Mauritius a tobacco-free country.

This statement was made this morning by the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, at the launching ceremony of the one-day dissemination workshop on tobacco studies at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles. She expressed confidence that with sustained, comprehensive and concerted efforts from all stakeholders, the tobacco epidemic can be eradicated in Mauritius.

The Minister pointed out that Mauritius has made significant progress in tobacco control and with the new and improved legislation in 2008, the country has emerged as one of the regional leaders in tobacco control. She however deplored the fact that tobacco use in Mauritius continues to dominate

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Campaign against tobacco launched in Mauritius 

Jump to full article: Afriquenligne (fr), 2010-05-25

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A campaign was launched Tuesday in Mauritius against the detrimental effects of tobacco, as part of activities marking the World Day without Tobacco to be observed 31 May, PANA reported.

As part of the campaign, sensitization messages on the detrimental effects of nicotine addiction are being broadcast on the radio in the two local languages, Creole and Bhojpuri.

'We also organise talks in the work places and in the community on the need to reduce the consumption of tobacco among women,' said an official from the Ministry of Health and Quality of Life.

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· Mauritius

SEEBALUCK: Smoking kills? 

Jump to full article: Le Défi (mu), 2010-03-04
Author: Bhishmadev Seebaluck

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The paradox is not the only thing which is common between the sea and the cigarettes. "Smoking kills," proclaim the cigarette containers, loud and clear. But so can the sea . . .

Government, in its infinite wisdom, together with a number of NGOs, has been leading several campaigns, and publishing numerous statistics to discourage the use of tobacco. It has even proscribed smoking in offices, hotels, restaurants, buses and several other public places. To what avail? Most smokers do abandon the office chair from time to time and go outside in the open to assuage their craving.

On the other hand, it would be interesting to know what effect the inscriptions on the cigarette containers have had on smokers. How many usual, or even casual, smokers have quit the habit after seeing the squalid pictures on these containers? How many people do really care to read and consider the warning signs?

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Shocking pictures on cigarette packs in Mauritius soon 

Jump to full article: Afriquenligne (fr), 2009-11-01

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New cigarette packs with shocking pictures of some diseases related to tobacco use will soon appear on the Mauritian market, official sources in Port-Louis told PANA Sunday.

These pictures, according to Mauritian Minister of Health, Rajesh Jeetah, represent the various tobacco-related diseases, including oral and lung cancers.

The decision to emblazon cigarette packs with such pictures are consistent with the new legislation on tobacco in force since 1 March 2008, Jeetah said.

"We have adopted a zero tolerance policy on smoking, which affects the health of the population with adverse effects on vital organs such the lung, the heart, the kidney, promoting cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, kidney failure, among others," he added.

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Smoking can be fatal 

Jump to full article: Le Défi (mu), 2009-06-05
Author: Priyadarshinee Luckoo

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Many teenagers start smoking due to peer pressure. Actually, this is quite common in Mauritius. In the desire to gain acceptance from their peers, many youngsters do not think twice before giving themselves to cigarettes. Other youngsters, mistaking cigarette smoking as a sign of adulthood and maturity start to smoke. . . .

Keeping in mind the protection of non-smokers' health, the government of Mauritius has put restrictions on the consumption of tobacco products in public. This law came in force as from March 1, 2009. Smoking is prohibited in indoor areas (that is, any space with a roof and /or more walls), in public transport, outdoor premises of health, educational and sport institutions, recreational places including public gardens and excluding beaches; cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants; bus stands, bus stations; while preparing, serving or selling foods in public places; while driving or traveling in a private vehicle carrying passengers. . . .

With the aim of seconding the government in its endeavours, the Ligue Vie et Sante (ViSa Association), presided by Veronique Le Clezio, has organised a series of activities to mark the World Anti-Tobacco Day celebrated on May 31. Additionally, all public places where smoking is prohibited should be equipped with a "No Smoking" sign.

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TV programme: “Bannatyne takes on big tobacco” 

Jump to full article: British American Tobacco (BAT), 2009-04-09

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A BBC TV programme on 1 July 2008, called ‘Bannatyne takes on big tobacco’, painted a very negative picture of our business in three countries in Africa, including alleging that we target children to sell cigarettes and break our own strict International Marketing Standards.

Viewers who trust the BBC to be fair, impartial and balanced should know that this was not a BBC news documentary, governed by BBC rules obliging news reporters to be fair, impartial and balanced. By the producers’ own admission, it was “a personal view”, putting across very strong opinions, subjective views and judgements made by one individual, a TV personality called Duncan Bannatyne, who has a campaigning anti-tobacco stance.

We don’t want children to smoke.

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Mauritius-tobacco-study Canadian experts to study tobacco consumption in Mauritius 

Jump to full article: African Press Agency (APA) (sn), 2009-04-20

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The International Tobacco Control (ITC) of the Canadian University of Waterloo starts on Tuesday a month-long study on the consumption of tobacco and behaviour linked to it in Mauritius.

A statement from the Ministry of Health, which is collaborating in the project, said the study will be carried out on a house-to-house basis.

The objectives of the study will be to evaluate the impact of anti-tobacco initiatives in public and work places and of the new laws on tobacco smoking which came in force on March 1, the statement said.

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AKINREMI: The People v. Big Tobacco 

Jump to full article: The Punch (ng), 2009-04-09
Author: Adeola Akinremi

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How many people are we willing to sacrifice as a nation to continue to keep the tobacco industry in business? Since the Senate pushed the National Tobacco Bill 2009 through Second Reading in February and mandating Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-led Senate Health Committee to finalise work on the Bill and re-present to the National Assembly for enactment into law, the tobacco industry has become more aggressive in its usual tactics of distorting the truth both in the public places and at the chambers of the National Assembly.

The issue is what does regulation of tobacco product seeks to address in Nigeria. The bill at the Senate would mandate a total reformation and restructuring of how tobacco products are manufactured, marketed and distributed in this country. . . .

According to the WHO, “Incorporation of Pictorial Warning on tobacco product packets is important as majority of the tobacco users in this country will be able to have informed choice.”

The Senate will therefore be doing this nation a lot of good by passing this bill on time because the burden of cancer in Nigeria is appreciable and tobacco contributes a lot to this.

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· India
· Mauritius

Japan Tobacco FDI deal hits Mauritius tax controversy 

Jump to full article: Business Standard (in), 2008-11-05

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The government might put on hold foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals routed through Mauritius pending the revision of the current double taxation avoidance treaty with India.

This became evident after the department of revenue advised the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) last week to reject a proposal by Japan Tobacco International (JTIL) Mauritius Pvt Ltd, a unit of the world's third largest tobacco company, to raise its stake in its Indian venture from 50 to 74 per cent on grounds that it comes under "treaty shopping".

"Treaty shopping" refers to the practice of routing investments by companies through a country like Mauritius that has a tax agreement with India. In this case, JTI Mauritius is looking to infuse $100 million in JTI India by increasing its stake.

A memorandum from the finance ministry to FIPB said if JTIL's foreign investment proposal is routed through the Mauritius unit, future capital gains, should JTI Mauritius sell its shares, will not be taxed under the provisions of India-Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC).

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L’ÉVÊQUE: Anti-tobacco hysteria kills free choice  

Jump to full article: L'express (mu), 2008-08-20
Author: Alain L’ÉVÊQUE / TRIBUNE: PERSPECTIVE

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they’ve surfaced in Rodrigues. Of late, anti-tobacco lobbyists are pressing for a blanket ban on all tobacco-growing on the island. Or more precisely, they want a right possessed and exercised by people throughout recorded human history, taken away from hand-to-mouth dirt farmers. Lobbyists reckon tobacco damages health, and growing it on their doorstep only encourages Rodriguans to smoke. . . .

Will our crusading idéologues also picket fast-food outlets and rally to outlaw rum, phoenix beer, and salt? . . .

Let’s zoom in on a few realities. Once harvested, tobacco is dried and cured, then sold and shipped to Mauritius. As there are no tobacco factories in Rodrigues, all cigarettes must be imported. Not exactly on our doorstep, is it? . . .

800,000 people in Brazil, 16 million in India, 22 million in China, countless millions in Russia, Europe, America, Malawi, and in 120 other countries produce 7 million tonnes of tobacco a year. But lo and behold, it is the poverty-stricken farmers of this small country that zealots want sacrificed on the altar of health evangelism. Simply put: Business as usual for Big Tobacco but bridle the little guy with chains of steel. . . .

The free individual is not accountable to society for his actions in so far as these concern the interests of no person but himself. Advice, instruction, persuasion and avoidance by other people, if thought necessary by them for their own good, are the only measures by which society can justifiably express its dislike or disapprobation of his conduct.

Education to dissuade children from taking up smoking, and support for smokers wanting to quit or manage their habits may help – stunts won’t.

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TV Pick of the Day: Duncan Bannatyne Takes On Tobacco 

Jump to full article: Daily Star (uk), 2008-07-01
Author: BBC2, 9pm

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1st July 2008

By BBC2, 9pm

Duncan Bannatyne is on the warpath tonight in a special BBC2 documentary.

In DUNCAN BANNATYNE TAKES ON TOBACCO, the Scottish entrepreneur reveals the alarming rise in under-age smoking amongst kids in Africa - and points the finger of blame directly at British American Tobacco and their marketing tactics.

In one primary school class that Duncan visits in Mauritius, non-smokers are actually in the minority.

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· Nigeria
· Malawi
· Africa
· Mauritius
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· BAT

Critic's choice - This World: Duncan Bannatyne Takes on Tobacco (BBC2) 

Jump to full article: Electronic Telegraph (uk), 2008-07-02
Author: Matt Warman

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Entrepreneur and Dragons' Den hardman Duncan Bannatyne explores the lamentable world of tobacco advertising in the developing world.

He visits Mauritius, Nigeria and Malawi, investigating the sales strategy of British American Tobacco - a company which made a £2.1billion profit last year.

Bannatyne believes he's found evidence that suggests BAT is breaking its own code of conduct about the accessibility of cigarettes to children, and after researching the situation in each of the three African countries, he returns to London to confront BAT with his findings.

However, Bannatyne fails to create a sense of urgency, even though he talks to people who started smoking at the age of nine.

The programme looks at length at what young Africans know about the dangers of smoking, and finds that some schoolchildren smoke because they believe it "makes them wise".

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· Nigeria
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· Africa
· Mauritius
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British American Tobacco denies breaking youth code on cigarette sales 

Jump to full article: AFX News, 2008-06-30

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Tobacco giant British American Tobacco PLC has denied claims made by a BBC investigation that it is breaking its code regarding the sale of single cigarettes, seen as more attractive to child smokers.

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