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Bad habits: How the government can help you quit smoking — but isn’t
South Africa’s anti-smoking policies rely on increased sin taxes to cut smoking rates in the country. Experts say this is no longer enough, but people who use government facilities have very few other tools available to help them stop.
Will a shake-up in sports science change SA rugby?
A plagiarism scandal has rocked the sports world and cast fresh doubt over the influence of the industry in research on head injuries. It also stirred up old allegations that sporting bodies have underplayed the risk of an incurable disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
#SliceOfLife: ‘Let’s pray you’ll be okay. My escape from a backyard drug rehab
South Africa plans to roll out treatment for opioid addiction to all government health facilities by 2028, according to a draft of the country’s sixth HIV action plan. Read one person’s story of recovery here.
[WATCH] How did South Africa’s illicit tobacco trade get so bad?
Independent research shows 54% of cigarettes sold in South Africa are illegal, which means the taxman is losing revenue, and the country’s anti-smoking plans are becoming less effective. Watch this to find out why.
What’s behind the Big Tobacco job cuts? A guide to SA’s illegal tobacco trade...
British American Tobacco in South Africa says 200 of its workers will be out of a job soon, but public health researchers argue they’re using misleading figures to back the retrenchments.
This country used to chain psychiatric patients to their beds. Here’s what happened when...
A psychiatric facility in Freetown has stepped away from its colonial past and removed these ‘shackles’ from their patients.
A mezuzah, a Christmas wreath & rooibos with milk: Get to know this NICD...
Anne von Gottberg and Cheryl Cohen are two of South Africa’s foremost scientists. We’ve got them and their colleagues to thank for the country’s world class surveillance of SARS-CoV-2. But this powerful duo are also experts on how to bridge divides — and married.
The oldest trick in Big Tobacco’s playbook nearly derailed SA’s TB conference. Here’s why
The Foundation for Professional Development, one of South Africa’s oldest nonprofits and the main sponsor of the TB conference in Durban, accepted a R2-million research grant from an organisation that’s widely regarded as a front group for Philip Morris International.
A sarmie, a sweet and a cigarette? How to make sure Africa doesn’t become...
Smoking in the west is declining. So the tobacco industry is looking to untapped markets in lower-income countries to hook new smokers.
[WATCH] Why is the tobacco industry comparing vapes to HIV treatment?
Public health experts agree with the vaping lobby that smokers need more help to quit. They disagree, however, with the industry’s argument that imposing a sin tax on vapour products will lead down a similar path as the state-sanctioned Aids denialism of former President Thabo Mbeki’s administration.
A sin tax on vapes is not as bad as Aids denialism. Here’s why
Lobbyists pushing for vaping as a way to help people quit smoking insist taxing e-cigarettes like traditional smokes will lead down a similar path as the state-sanctioned project of denying HIV treatment to state patients.
[WATCH] A beginner’s guide to smoking laws
The vaping industry is up in arms because of two new proposed laws. A fight is bound to ensue, but tobacco control is a very particular game. This video will help you get to know the players ahead of public hearings.
Smoke and mirrors: What you need to know about the hazy world of the...
In the coming months, we’ll be publishing a series of analyses that plunge into the two sides’ arguments as they rally to fight for the nations’ lungs. Here, we take a look at the tobacco control players in South Africa.
Bad science goes up in smoke: Why smokers were never protected from COVID
Early pandemic research pointed to smokers not being at risk of severe COVID-19. This turned out to be false. Here’s why the slow pace of science means it’s easy for people to latch onto extraordinary claims despite a lack of strong evidence.
[WATCH] Did South Africa’s COVID-19 tobacco ban work?
South Africa’s tobacco users are smoking fewer daily cigarettes these days, but it came at a cost. Spoilers – it wasn’t worth it.
How to end tobacco use for good: What SA’s COVID tobacco ban has taught...
Local tobacco companies’ market share quadrupled during the country’s temporary sales ban in 2020, overtaking Big Tobacco’s pre-ban monopoly on South Africa’s tobacco industry.