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Researchers in tobacco control have been advised to always add an economic angle to their findings so as to make the research outcomes more appealing to policy makers.  This was one of the key observations during the annual dissemination workshop for research findings by the Second Cohort of tobacco control Grant beneficiaries from the CTCA-IDRC Masters Scholarship program.  The Dissemination held at the Kabira Country Club Hotel in Kampala from July 12-13, is attended by both students of the 2nd and third cohort, mentors, coordinators and supervisors of the students. 

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Nairobi: July 7, 2016- 

The Government of Kenya has expressed commitment to work with CTCA to facilitate tobacco farmers to transit from tobacco growing to other economically viable alternatives.  This revelation was made during a fact finding mission  jointly carried out by the CTCA and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Kenya  on the implementation of Article 17 and 18 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  A series of consultative meetings are currently under way with the various key government stakeholders to establish the status of implementation for article 17 and 18, as well as the most appropriate strategies for implementing the same. 

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A three day training  has been held Dhaka, Senegal, to equip tobacco control actors with techniques to effectively search, use and disseminate tobacco industry information to mitigate tobacco industry policy interference in the Africa.  The training on Tobacco Industry Documents Research in Africa ( TIDRA) was conducted by CTCA in partnership with Dr. Marty Otañez  of the University of Colorado Denver, from June 7-9, 2016. It was attended by  actors from three  Francophone countries of Mauritania, Gabon and Senegal the host. 

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On May 31, tobacco control advocates all over the world will join efforts to commemorate World No Tobacco Day. The Theme for this year’s campaign is ‘ Get ready for Plain Packaging’, otherwise known as ‘standardized packaging.’ http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2016/brochure/en/

According to WHO, Plain packaging refers to “measures to restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style. 

Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings. It builds upon  other measures as part of a comprehensive multisectoral approach to tobacco control. Policy-makers, civil society and the public can take action to ensure that their governments consider adoption of plain packaging.

Some of the key attributes of plain packaging include: Reducing attractiveness of tobacco products; Eliminating tobacco advertising and promotion; Limiting deceptive tobacco packaging and Increasing effectiveness of tobacco health warnings.

Examples of Plain packaging based on Australia’s model