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In response to the tobacco use burden and its impacts, the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) was established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

The Centre’s mandate is to support African governments to formulate and implement evidence based tobacco control policies and strategies. This is underpinned by the fact that the tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people worldwide each year which equates to 13,000 people dying per day (one death every 6 seconds). Of these, more than 600,000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke, majority of whom are women and children.

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On December 30, 2016, the President of the Gambia assented to the tobacco control bill that was passed by the National Assembly on December 20, 2016.  CTCA would like to join other partners to congratulate the government of the Gambia and all the tobacco control actors upon the attainment of yet another milestone on the continent. As a Centre, we are proud to associate with this success story of the Gambia. 

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The National Assembly of the Gambia on the afternoon of Tuesday December 20, 2016 enacted the Tobacco Control Bill, 2016 into lawThis comes with a sigh relief to the tobacco control community which has worked tirelessly for the last three years to bring this process to maturity. Indeed this is a remarkable achievement to be celebrated in the advancement of the tobacco control agenda on the African continent. 

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Niamey, December 7, 2016 

The Director General   of Health Services for the Ministry of Health in  Niger, Dr. Yaroh Asma Gali has hailed the CTCA’s efforts aimed at supporting Niger to implement the various aspects of the tobacco control law.    

Dr. Yaroh Asma was meeting with a team of technical staff from CTCA currently in Niger for a mission to orient  media practitioners as well as the key actors in the implementation of the smoke free environments law. She noted that although Niger enacted the tobacco control law in May 2006, the implementation has been a challenge, adding that the initiative by CTCA to accelerate this process is greatly appreciated by her government.  Dr. Yaroh stressed the need for all the stakeholders to work together to implement the law adding that tobacco control can only be attained through a multi-sectoral approach because the effects of tobacco use are cross cutting.  She specifically pointed out the need for a clean and smoke free environment which she said is beneficial to everyone. 

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