Posted by: audreybenenati | February 10, 2010

Tobacco companies frustrate Africa’s fight against smoking: official

KAMPALA, Feb 09, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Tobacco companies are frustrating Africa’s fight against smoking, which has left millions of people dead, a top health official said here on Tuesday.

Sam Zaramba, the director general of Health Services told a one- day international conference on tobacco that companies use corporate social responsibility programs as a strategy to prevent effective regulatory and legislative measures.

"We know that in the struggle against tobacco, we face a powerful enemy, the tobacco industry. They are well established, they continue expanding and they have many resources," he said in a statement read for him by Sheila Ndyanabangi, the program manager for mental health and control of substance abuse.

"We, therefore, need to be aware of the industry’s activities and be able to counteract them effectively," he said.

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