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SA’s obesity caused by big business not greedy people

January 29, 2019

Malnutrition, which includes both obesity and undernutrition, is the leading cause of poor health around the world, and the culprits for the costly obesity epidemic aren’t individual couch potatoes. Instead, governments have failed to curb ‘big food’ placing everybody’s health at stake, according to a major report.

Can higher ‘sin taxes’ help the economy?

September 17, 2018

The sugary drinks tax has already generated almost R800-million, and there is a growing call for even higher “sin taxes” to help reverse the VAT increase. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green reports.

Cigarette market soaring in Africa

August 31, 2018

Tobacco companies are thriving in Africa due to weak anti-tobacco and tax laws, and tobacco use has increased by 44 percent between 1990 and 2012.

Smokers at high risk for oral HPV and throat cancer

August 21, 2018

A new study confirms smokers are at higher risk of oral HPV infection, which causes throat cancer.

Why we need tougher anti-tobacco laws

July 30, 2018
Tobacco control  

Young South Africans continue to light up but proposed legislation aims to increase the number of people who turn their backs on tobacco products writes SAVERA KALIDEEN.

Vaping industry slams new tobacco bill

July 11, 2018

Ignorant and not based on scientific evidence. This is how vaping activists describe the latest bill on tobacco, which they say is based on fear of the unknown.

WHO Commission criticised over sugar taxes in new report

June 7, 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs’ new report, Time to Deliver, called for urgent action against chronic diseases and mental disorders, the globe’s leading cause of death and ill-health, but failed to include a recommendation on taxing sugary beverages.