SCAN Bulletin #133                                                                           March 22, 2023
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Tobacco growing harms our health, the health of farmers and the planet’s health. The tobacco industry interferes with attempts to substitute tobacco growing, contributing to the global food crisis.

This campaign encourages governments to end tobacco growing subsidies and use the savings to support farmers to switch to more sustainable crops that improve food security and nutrition. 

Campaign objectives

      1. Mobilize governments to end subsidies on tobacco growing and use of savings for crop substitution
          programmes that support farmers to switch and improve food security and nutrition.
      2. Raise awareness in tobacco farming communities about the benefits of moving away from tobacco
           and growing sustainable crops;
      3. Support efforts to combat desertification and environmental degradation by decreasing tobacco
      4. Expose industry efforts to obstruct sustainable livelihoods work.

The key measure of campaign success would be the number of governments that pledge to end subsidies on tobacco growing. READ MORE

Click below to read the December 19, 2022 WHO Press Release:

World No Tobacco Day 2023: We need food, not tobacco
One of the UK’s leading respiratory doctors has raised the alarm about the exploding popularity of vaping among teenagers, saying that without urgent regulation a generation could end up with long-term addictions and lung damage.

Dr Mike McKean, vice-president of policy for the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health, said vaping was becoming an “epidemic” among teenagers even though it is illegal before the age of 18. If its rapid growth maintains the same trajectory, almost all children will vape within five years, he said.

E-cigarettes or e-cigs, vapes, e-hookahs, vape, pens, or electronic nicotine delivery systems are battery-operated, handheld devices that provide the experience of smoking a cigarette. However, they are not an alternative for traditional smoking. Here's why

A large number of people quit smoking and opt for e-cigarettes as they were designed to deliver nicotine through the heated vapor by eliminating tobacco smoke and reducing its cancer-causing effects but now e-cigarettes are linked to increased incidences of heart attacks and strokes. It is the need of the hour to quit smoking in every form and save your lungs, heart and other parts of the body from the trauma. 
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