Botswana health official says tobacco industry contributes to climate change

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The tobacco industry contributes to climate change and reduces climate resilience, wasting resources and damaging ecosystems, a senior Botswana health official has said.

“It is a disturbing factor that tobacco remains one of the permitted products sold in public trading places, in many countries, including Botswana, yet it is among the most harmful products for users or smokers and pollutes the environment,” Assistant Minister of Health Sethomo Lelatisitswe said Tuesday when deliberating a speech marking the World No Tobacco Day in Gaborone, the capital.

Tobacco-related illnesses and premature mortality impose high productivity costs to the economy because of sick workers and those who die prematurely during their working years, he said.

Botswana is planning on conducting a Global Youth Tobacco Survey this year, Lelatisitswe said.

The school-based survey of students aged 13 to 15 is designed to enhance capacity of countries to monitor tobacco use among youth and guide on the relevant implementation and evaluation of tobacco prevention and control programs, he said.

Last year, Botswana enacted the Tobacco Control Act, in line with the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to regulate the demand and supply for consumption of tobacco and tobacco products. Enditem

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