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Smoking in Lesotho

There has been an upwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Lesotho. In 2000 the prevalence was estimated to be 17%; this increased to 25.5% in 2015, with a projection to increase to 33.5% by 2025. This increase in prevalence has been driven entirely by men's smoking, which increased from 36% to 52% between 2000 and 2015 and is projected to increase further to 67% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. Women's smoking during the same period remained low in comparison, at around 0.6% in 2000, decreasing to 0.3% projected into 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates are not age standardised, and were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

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February 28, 2020 by

Malawi legalises cannabis amid hopes of fresh economic growth

Malawi has passed a bill decriminalising cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes, almost five years after a motion to legalise industrial hemp was adopted.

The country follows in the footsteps of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho, neighbouring south-east African states that have legalised medicinal cannabis, as well as South Africa, where medicinal and recreational use was decriminalised in 2018.

“Today is a very glorious day for me personally and, I think, for the entire nation,” said Boniface Kadzamira, the former MP who tabled the topic in 2015, following the successful passage of the bill on Thursday.