The World Health Organisation wants to reduce tobacco consumption in Africa and one way it’s going about it is by pushing for higher taxes and prices.
The WHO country Representative in Rwanda, Olushayo Olu, announced the plan at a meeting on tobacco taxation.
He said that serious tobacco control measures were needed now in Africa to prevent the growing consumption of the product.
Africa represents 70 per cent of tobacco production and consumption, Olu said.
He said tobacco kills over six million people every year globally.
Olu cited studies indicating that increasing tobacco prices by 10 per cent could reduce consumption by eight per cent in low and middle income countries.
He, however, called for more sensitisation to complement other policy measures.
The conference attracted over 50 participants from Tanzania, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone.