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The Big Con:
How Big Polluters are advancing a “net zero” climate agenda to delay, deceive, and deny
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In 2020, natural disasters were occurring three times more often than half a century ago.1 2 Already, 2021 is on track to have some of the most extreme climaterelated disasters yet.3 In just the first four months of the year, record-breaking typhoons,4 5 deadly low temperatures,6 devastating swarms of locusts,7 and unprecedented flooding8 have all plagued different corners of the globe. The common denominator in all these extreme events is climate change.

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Petition: How Big Polluters are advancing a “net zero” climate agenda to delay and deceive
Stand with us against Big Polluters
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The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) humbly appreciates this audience given us to
present our petition.
The world is waking up to the fact that fossil fuel industry knowingly jeopardizes the safety and
security of millions of people around the world for their own parochial and short term interests. It is
an industry composed of the world’s largest and richest companies who rake in profits, while the
poorest and most vulnerable communities reel from super typhoons and droughts made worse by
climate change, and suffer from loss of lives and livelihoods in a world degraded by the impacts.

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World NO Tobacco Day 2021
Tobacco has NO benefits except to destroy “Commit to quit” Now!a

31st of May of every year serves as a global opportunity for countries to deepen awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use in any form, take stock of progress in advancing tobacco control and make policy recommendations for action on tobacco control.
This year’s commemoration is on the theme, ‘Commit to Quit’. It aims to ensure that policies and initiatives are in place to help smokers quit smoking to save their lives and the lives of non-smokers. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic globally has reaffirmed the need for governments to protect citizens (both smokers and non-smokers) from tobacco deaths and related diseases such as cancers, kidney diseases, respiratory conditions etc

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TOBACCO CONTROL REGULATIONS- 2016
IN exercise of the power conferred on the Minister responsible for Health by section 76 of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851) and in consulta-tion with the Food and Drugs Authority, these Regulations are made this 19th day of September, 2016. .

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PUBLIC HEALTH ACT, 2012
AN ACT to revise and consolidate the law relating to public health to
prevent disease, promote, safeguard, maintain and protect the health
of humans and animals and to provide for related matters.
DATE OF ASSENT: 9th October, 2012.
PASSED by Parliament and assented to by the President:
PART ONE—COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

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RAPID ASSESSMENT OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS,
ALCOHOL, AND SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES
(SSBS) IN THE GREATER ACCRA REGION

This study aimed to rapidly assess the affordability, availability, and pricing of tobacco, alcohol,
and sugar-sweetened beverages of products in some communities in the Greater Accra region. The
study hopes to provide evidence to support key recommendations for tax increases in the above
products in reducing the negative health outcomes as a result of their uses.

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CALL FOR TAX INCREMENT ON ALL UNHEALTHY COMMODITIES IN THE 2021 BUDGET STATEMENT

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) and other key stakeholder’s civil society organizations wish to recommend tax increment on unhealthy commodities such as tobacco, alcohol and sugar sweetened beverages.

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TOBACCO, ALCOHOL & UNHEALTHY TAX RISE TO FINANCE HEALTH

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable diseases and premature death in the world. The rapid increase in the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other unhealthy products is not only hazardous to the well-being of its consumers and non-consumers but also puts a heavy financial burden on the economic health of Ghana. The Covid-19 pandemic has created greater awareness towards the importance of clean air and healthy living.

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MAINSTREAMING THE SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT GOALS SDGS (Target 3a and 3.5)
INTO GHANA’S MEDIUM TERM DEVELOPMENT
PLAN (MTDP)

The Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) and the Ghana Tax Advocacy Network for
Health Promotion commends the valiant efforts and commitment the government of Ghana has
made to control the use of tobacco and other unhealthy commodities. For example, it was the first
country in the annals of world history to have ban tobacco advertising as early as 1982.

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VALD Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020 final

Worldwide, the use of tobacco is a major public health threat, contributing to about 8 million premature deaths annually. the debilitating effects of second-hand smoke to non-smoking population is also a notable concern killing over 600,000 annually.

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Ghana GTIII infographic 2020

 

     
 

Ghana (Country Summary) Tobacco Index Report

Industry participation in policy development: The Ministry of Health is the mandatory statutory
institution responsible for the formulation of public health policies including policies related to tobacco control. The policies are executed by the agencies of the ministry such as the Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana Standards Authority and the Ghana Health Service. Per the membership
of the Tobacco Control Inter-Agency Coordinating committee, the government does not allow tobacco industry actors to sit in or be part of its interagency-multi-sectoral committee or advisory
body to formulate policies to promote public health or control the activities of the tobacco industry in Ghana. The Public Health Act (Tobacco Control Measures) deters the tobacco industry from sponsoring the government or organizations or for the government to endorse the activities of the tobacco industry. However, the Tobacco Control Regulation, 2016 (LI.2247) lacks clarity on provisions made to regulate the interference of industry actors or participation of the tobacco industry in policy development.

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PLACING AGROECOLOGY AT THE CENTER OF CLIMATE ACTION IN AFRICA

As governments of Africa, Private Sector Actors, Civil Society Organizations and Farmers have all convened here in Accra, Ghana for this important Climate Change event in the continent, we have all been articulating climate actions towards building resilience of our communities and demonstrating commitment to do the continent’s fair share of climate change action. Considering that African countries have very low contribution to the current climate crisis, yet it is adversely affected by it, it will be strategic for the governments of the continent to be leaving the discussion table, speaking a ‘common language’ in their climate actions. This common language should not fall short of placing stronger emphasis on climate change adaptation for protecting its citizens, transitioning its current agriculture and food production system to agroecology as the most appropriate model for agriculture and advancing a strong argument to commit industrialized and wealthy countries to provide adequate climate financing for the implementation of its adaptation and mitigation plans.

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Policy Brief on Alcohol Regulation in Ghana

Harmful use of alcohol is increasingly being recognized not only as a major public health concern but an affront to the socioeconomic development of the continent. This is attributed to the
high consumption of alcohol in the African continent, where about 30% of the adult population reportedly drink alcohol, and where the adult population consume 13% more alcohol per capita
than the global average. Globally, the harmful use of alcohol resulted in about 3 million deaths in 2016, representing 5.3% of all deaths, and 26.1 million disability-adjusted life-years connected
to the harmful use of alcohol. In Ghana, although there is inadequate and inconsistent data on alcohol consumption, evidence shows about 23.3% of the adult population (15years and
above) take alcohol, with 2.1% engaged in heavy drinking whilst majority (57%) take locally prepared alcoholic beverages.

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Ghana’s Development Agenda Calls for Stronger Tobacco Control Action-19 Jun 2019

His Excellency Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana is Co-Chair of the SDG Advocates along with Her Excellency Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway. In this influential role, he has committed to push for smart action and focus in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. His vision for a “Ghana Beyond Aid” promotes self-reliance to raise millions out of poverty, by expanding quality healthcare for all, among other priorities.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of premature mortality in Ghana. Every year, NCDs contribute to approximately 43 percent of all deaths and tobacco use is a major risk factor for the diseases.[1]

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  IOGT Members Campaign for Better Alcohol Control - Mar 28, 201

Leading the Ghana Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance, IOGT members are campaigning for improved regulation of alcohol marketing in the country.

The Ghana NCD Alliance is calling on the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) of Ghana to extend the ban on alcohol advertising on airwaves from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The current ban, in force since December 2017, prohibits advertising of alcoholic products between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the evening. According to Labram Musah the Coordinator of the Ghana NCD Alliance and part of the IOGT International Member Organization, Vision for Alternative Development (VALD), the idea behind the current ban was that young people below the age of 18 would be asleep after 8 p.m. but, this is not the case in reality. Therefore, the call for the extended hours is put forth to protect children and youth below 18 years from being exposed to alcohol advertising.

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Policy Brief on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)
2018 United Nation High Level Meeting on NCDs

Making NCD prevention and control a priority, everywhere

Ghana_Alcohol_Policy_Final draft-dir legal-rev

National Alcohol Poliy - Ministry of Health, December 2016

Child Road Safety Project with Vision for Alternative Development, Amend and the Puma Energy Foundation

Making the case for tobacco control and fiscal measures in Ghana

WHO Statement on Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

A CIVIL SOCIETY SHADOW REPORT

Demographic and Health Survey 2014

Key Findings on Demographic and Health Survey

GRA CALLS FOR INCREASE IN TOBACCO TAXES

Health experts call for stiffer regulations on tobacco control

Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Mapping Report Ghana 2006-2012

Tobacco Industry Interference in TC policies in Ghana

The Impact of Tobacco Use on Health and Poverty- 2010 in Ghana

   
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