Stubbing out smoking in South Africa

Tough new tobacco laws aim to help people kick the habit which WHO says kills at least 6m people worldwide a year.

    Despite public health campaigns, smoking remains the leading avoidable cause of death worldwide, killing almost six million people a year, according to the World Health Organisation.

    Tobacco use in Africa is lower than in Europe, and South Africa has managed to reduce the number of people smoking through some of the toughest laws on the continent.

    But with rising incomes in many African nations, and because the continent has a young population, a huge potential market could be exploited further by tobacco companies, experts warn. 

    Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from Johannesburg.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    North Korea's nuclear weapons: Here is what we know

    North Korea's nuclear weapons