World No Tobacco Day 2018
As it is the norm, on May 31st 2018 Botswana joined the rest of the world in commemorating the annual World No Tobacco Day. The commeoration was held under the theme "Tobacco and Heart Disease" at Chedu Choga grounds in Francistown. In her keynote address during the commemoration, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness Ms Ruth Maphorisa highlighted that tobacco use in Botswana is at an alarming rate, adding that Botswana citizens use tobacco the most when compared with other highly populated African countries such as Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya.
Meanwhile. Anti Tobacco Network (ATN) Executive Director Dr. Bontle Mbongwe highlighted in her speech that despite the claims by the tobacco industry of their commitment to a smoke-free future, tobacco companies such as British American Tobacco and Phillip Morris, make most of their revenue from selling cigarettes and work aggressively to expand the global cigarette market.
World No Tobacco Day 2017
World No Tobacco Day 2017 commemoration in Botswana was held in Selebi-Phikwe town on 31st May 2017 under the theme "Tobacco- A threat to development" was aimed at; Highlighting the links between the use of tobacco products, tobacco control and sustainable development. In her remarks, ATN Executive Director Dr. Bontle Mbongwe implored the government of Botswana to invest in fighting non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include these devastating, frightening killers: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers and chronic lung disease.
World No Tobacco Day 2016
World No Tobacco Day 2016 commemoration was held under the theme "Get ready for plain packaging". The commemoration in Botswana was held in Ghanzi where the Minister of Health and Wellness, Ms Dorcas Makgao revealed that her ministry is in the process of reviewing the current tobacco control legislation to make it compliant to the principles of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
In her remarks during the commemoration, ATN Executive Director Dr. Bontle Mbongwe stated that she is confident that the research available that demonstrates the positive impact of standardised packaging on health is a proportionate and justified measure to address the high usage of tobacco.
World No Tobacco Day 2015
World No Tobacco Day 2015 commemoration themed "Stop illicit trade of tobacco products" called on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products. Botswana also joined the rest of the world in commemorating the day in Nata village.
World No Tobacco Day 2014
World No Tobacco Day 2014 commemoration focused on the theme "Raise taxes on tobacco". ATN Executive Director Bontle Mbongwe highlighted in her speech during the commemoration in Ghanzi, that current research has shown that tripling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths in this century from lung cancer and other diseases, thus applauding the Government of Botswana for introducing the 30% tobacco levy.
World No Tobacco Day 2013
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 "Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship" highlighted the importance of comprehensive advertising bans on tobacco products to reduce the numbers of people starting and continuing to smoke. In his response to tobacco advertising in Botswana, the Minister of Health Reverend Dr John Seakgosing, appealed to all private companies and institutions that have no relationship with the tobacco industry to discourage tobacco advertising highlighting indirectly and deliberately through fashion.
World No Tobacco Day 2012
Tobacco Industry Interference" was observed as the theme for the World No Tobacco Day 2012. The campaign focused on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) because of the serious danger they pose to public health. The commeration in Botswana was held at Dukwi village.
World No Tobacco Day 2011
The World No Tobacco Day 2011 was commemorated under the theme "The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control". The WHO FCTC is the world's foremost tobacco control instrument and it reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health and provides new legal dimensions for cooperation in tobacco control.