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Title:An overview of a regionalist approach to tobacco control in Africa
Author:Brenya, Edward
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic term:Africa
public health
international agreements
Abstract:International efforts to control the smoking or consumption of tobacco has led to the adoption of a global treaty on tobacco control in the form of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005. Using transnationalism and transnational advocacy network theories, this study examines new strategies adopted by the tobacco control network to counter the activities of the tobacco industry network in the African region. The study shows that the tobacco control network is adopting a continental/regional approach whereby common tobacco control ideas/strategies are shared with actors from different countries. The network is creating and funding regional organizations, which are used to promote a common tobacco control campaign. The study concludes that this strategy may help curtail or proscribe the activities of the tobacco industry in the African region and possibly other regions of the developing world. This is because the strategy used by the tobacco companies to spread their products in the developing countries is similar. The regional approach will also ensure that meagre resources can be spread to promote tobacco control in many parts of the developing world. Bibliogr., note, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]