Ban sale of single sticks of cigarette – NGO
| Updated Apr 02, 2018 at 3:43pm
The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), an NGO has called on the Ministry of Health and the Food and Drugs Authority to ban the sale of single sticks of cigarette with immediate effect.
It said the sale of single sticks of cigarette makes it easier for the youth to patronise it.
The Programmes Director of VALD and Coordinator of Ghana NCD Alliance Labram Musah, made the call at a news conference to throw light on a survey conducted by VALD in collaboration with Africa Tobacco Control Alliance on the “Sale of Single Stick of Cigarette to Kids” in 10 capital cities of Africa including Accra.
The other countries are Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Togo and Uganda.
In Ghana, the survey was conducted around areas; such as Nima, Maamobi, Kokomlemle and some parts of Osu.
Mr Musah said the sale of single sticks of cigarettes has become problematic since it is cheaper than a full pack of cigarettes and consequently makes tobacco more affordable to the youth and other individuals with limited resources.
The Programmes Director said one of the measures to aid the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is tax on tobacco products to serve as revenue stream for government and also discourage smoking and initiation.
Mr Musah urged the Ministry of Health, FDA and all relevant authorities to monitor the British America Tobacco and Philip Morris International to prevent them from their activities of supplying free promotional materials to tobacco retailers in order to create recognition of their brands and to encourage the sale of their products.
He said the authorities should enforce the ban on all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship and this should include any advertising or promotional materials related to single sticks.