Maintain The Ban On Alcoholic Adverts – FDA Told

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A Non-government Organisation dubbed GhanAPA-GhaNCDA has prevailed on the Food and Drugs Board, FDA not to heed to the call by some celebrities to lift the ban that prevents them from advertising for the alcohol industry.

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These celebrities whose names are withheld are busily calling on the FDA to lift the ban so could advertise for the alcohol industry to make money without thinking about the effect on the youth who take this alcoholic drinks.

It was noted some section of the media are also unhappy and chilstizing the Food and Drugs Board for holding onto the ban resulting in affecting their proceeds to run their media houses especially in the current financial situation in the country.

But the aforementioned NGOs issued a press releasein Accra backing the FDA, and indicated they (FDA) were on track in the protection of the youth/children from alcohol harm.

The Ghana Alcohol Policy Alliance and the Ghana NCD Alliance charged the government and Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to stand firm despite the attack from some session of the media and the celebrities who were calling on the FDA to lift the ban for their selfish ‘interest’.

Below Is The Full Statement

Press Release

For immediate release:

FDA will not lift the alcohol ban
FDA is on track in the protection of our children from alcohol harm
The Ghana Alcohol Policy Alliance and the Ghana NCD Alliance call on government and Food and
Drugs Authority (FDA) to stand firm despite the attack from some session of the media and some
celebrities calling on the FDA to lift the ban preventing them from advertising for the alcohol
industry.

The decision to ban known personalities from alcohol advertisement is basically to prevent children and the youth from exposure to alcohol harm which have a lot of negative health consequences on their development.

We will continue to sensitize the public on the harmful effect of alcohol and the reasons for the ban.
It is important to note that alcohol affects every facet of human development- health, environment,
economy, society, family etc.

We want to urge our celebrities to keep in mind that “There is conflict between the interests of the
alcohol industry and those of public health and by extension the rights of our children, Research also show that millions of dollars are spent every year by the advertising industry on adverts that target children.

Young audiences are bombarded with persuading messages through media such as the internet, television, radio etc. This was what we were experiencing in Ghana some 4 years back but for the intervention of FDA ban and restriction.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador “David Beckham” has called on world leaders to keep their promise to children, this is what we expect from our celebrities.

In recent time, lot of young people are dying due to excessive alcohol intake, accessibility and affordability of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is sold virtually in every corner in across Ghana.

Alcohol kills over 3 million people yearly and it is also responsible for over 200 diseases and health
conditions including liver cirrhosis and some cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and infectious
diseases like tuberculosis, HIV and pneumonia. Diseases of the old have now become common
among young people.

We continue to commend FDA for being resolute in protecting Ghanaian children and our future
generation from alcohol harm.
We also salute celebrities who have boldly stated their love, care and compassion to present and future
generations.

We shall resist any attempt by some celebrities who aim at nothing but their selfish interest which
has the potency of jeopardising the foundation of our children.

For further information contact:
 Abdul Fatah, National Coordinator Alcohol Policy Alliance – Ghana,
Mobile: 0264804501. E-mail: iamfatahgh@gmail.com
 Labram Musah, National Coordinator Ghana NCD Alliance, Mobile: 024-3211854 E-
mail: labrammusah@valdghana.org

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