Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: Sri Lanka: Heavy Tobacco Burden as Big Tobacco Profits Rise

Even though cigarette sale in Sri Lanka has been reducing, the profit of Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) has been increasing disproportionately over the years. As ADIC – Sri Lanka reports in a recent press release the reason for disproportionate profit increases of CTC when cigarette use is decreasing is due to irrational  tobacco taxation. Therefore, when the government taxes tobacco, the tobacco industry earns an unusually high profit…

NEWS: Norway: Pension Fund Divests from Alcohol Industry

KLP, Norway’s largest pension fund, will no longer invest in alcohol manufacturers and gambling companies. As a first step they recently sold stocks and bonds in such firms worth about $320 million. KLP has added 90 companies of alcohol and gambling industries to their exclusion list alongside industries it previously divested from…

NEWS: Estonia: New Government Plans to Lower Alcohol Tax

Chairman of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) parliamentary group Siim Pohlak submitted a bill on behalf of the ruling three-party coalition to the Estonian parliament, the Riigikogu, that would lower the excise duty on strong alcohol, beer and cider in Estonia by 25% as of July 1…

NEWS: Israel: Youth at High Risk of Alcohol, Other Drugs, Violence

A new analysis shows 30% of youngsters in Israel are having problems involving alcohol, other drugs, sexual abuse or violence at home…

NEWS: WHO: Alcohol Major Factor in Violence against Women

WHO and partners release new package to prevent violence against women. Intimate partner violence is the highest at 37.7% in the WHO South-East Asia region. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports alcohol use is a major factor behind domestic violence.
Global estimates published by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime…

NEWS: Mexico: Parliamentary Plans to Raise Alcohol Tax

The Mexican parliament is planning a tax increase for alcohol and other health harmful products such as tobacco and sugary drinks. The president of the Budget Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, Alfonso Ramírez Cuéllar, speaking about the tax increase, emphasized that this would have important benefits for the health of Mexicans, as well as for the tax collection of the country…

NEWS: Ghana: Government Plans Alcohol Tax Hike

The Ghanaian government is planning a tax hike for health-harmful consumer products, including alcohol, tobacco and sugary beverages.
Hon. Alexander Kodwo Kom Abban, Deputy Health Minister of Ghana, explained that the planned tax hike is intended to discourage the sale and promotion of products which are causing the increase in non communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancers, strokes and heart diseases – and their risk factors, such as alcohol and tobacco…

NEWS: Ontario, Canada: Alcohol Policy Weakened

The Ontario Government has made a number of regulations and weakened the Liquor License Act – including the permission to sell and serve alcohol at 9 a.m every day of the week. The changes increase availability as well as marketing exposure for alcohol, which will no doubt affect consumption rates in Ontario a worrying prospect given the current levels of alcohol harm in Canada…

NEWS: New Zealand: Alcohol Fuels Homicides

Alcohol was a factor in 331 out of 1068 cases of homicide in New Zealand. This translates to 31% of the total. Stuff’s Homicide Report analysed 1068 cases of homicide involving 591 men, 283 women and 194 young people from January 2004 to March 2019. According to their data alcohol was a factor in at least 336 homicides, 31% of the total…