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Tanzania: Activists applaud ILO decision to end funding from tobacco companies

"ILO ends relationship with tobacco companies as Tanzanian activists applaud move", 7 November 2019

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) said it would no longer rely on funding from tobacco companies and affiliated organizations...

...The Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum (TTCF) said the move...signifies an important step in the efforts to end the tobacco business...

...TTCF Executive Director...says tobacco companies have been deceptively claiming in most countries; including Tanzania that tobacco farming contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), yet it has been found to impoverish farmers and lead to ill-health..."A good example is Tabora Region...which is leading in tobacco growing but an individual's income...is less than $133, which is...below the national average income of $165...

...Through Corporate Social Responsibility, tobacco companies are...using certain projects to continue investing in Tanzania, yet it is estimated that 45 percent of labour in tobacco garming comes from children"...