Forum@8 puts spotlight on Tobacco and Health

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi did not mince his words at the opening of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco and Health last week. He has vowed to implement stricter tobacco controls. He's also acknowledged that South Africa has slacked in taking action and has promised much stricter legislation governing tobacco. According to a Health-e report, tobacco consumption has increased by 52 percent in Africa since 1980, and 77 million Africans now smoke. Experts say that if the current trend continues, 500-million Africans will be smoking in the next 30 years, bringing increases in cancer, heart and lung diseases. Elvis preslin spoke to Peter Ucko - CEO Tobacco , Alcohol and Gambling Advisory Advocacy and Action Group and Lorato Mahura - Acting Director for Health Promotion at the National Department of Health