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Smoking in Zimbabwe

There is a slight downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Zimbabwe. Smoking prevalence was 16% overall in 2000 and declined to 14% in 2015, with a projection to remain at roughly the same level by 2025. The prevalence for men has decreased from 29% in 2000 to just under 28% in 2015, with a projection to remain the same by 2025. Women’s prevalence was low at 3% in 2000, dropping slightly to 1% in 2015, and is projected to remain at roughly that level by 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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December 14, 2020 by

Burning issues around tobacco value addition

ZIMBABWE might be well on its way to reclaim its status as one of the top producers of tobacco in the world in the 2020/2021 cropping season. “Government is therefore, taking advantage of this quick-win by engaging relevant and potential investors for tobacco cigarettes manufacturing so as to enhance value benefits to the country,” said Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube in the 2021 Budget.

November 09, 2020 by

Tobacco harm reduction a viable solution

The report, “Burning Issues: Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2020”, claims that the death toll from smoking-related diseases can be markedly reduced by adopting alternative products [...] that present substantial harm reduction.

It is believed that tobacco harm reduction (THR) products provide a feasible solution for people who want to switch from smoking to alternative products that can satisfy their nicotine craving for less the risk.

For countries such as Zimbabwe, it could provide a lifeline for the tobacco sector while at the same time helping to markedly reduce the health risks associated with consumption.

July 31, 2018 by

Destroy tobacco stubs, growers urged

Tobacco farmers who leave stubs in their fields after harvesting risk possible arrest and a lengthy jail term for their negligence.

Speaking to farmers at Binge Secondary School in Mhangura during The Doma Zonal Agricultural Show, Zimbabwe Progressive Tobacco Farmers Association national president Mr Mutandwa Mutasa said farmers were supposed to completely destroy tobacco stubs in their fields.