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Trump’s trade wars hit Kagame’s Rwanda over secondhand clothes — Quartz


Donald Trump’s trade war has finally landed in Africa.

The US president has made good on threats to remove Rwanda’s privilege to export duty-free clothing to the United States. The move is a consequence of the east African nation’s decision to raise tariffs on used clothing and footwear imports from the US.

The suspension will not apply to Rwanda’s other duty-free benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) but will affect 3% of its total exports to the United States, according to the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. Rwanda exported $43.7 million worth of goods under AGOA last year. In other words this new rule would only have affected $1.3 million worth of goods if it’d been applied last year.

The small east African country is looking to become a more…

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African American children are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke, study finds – Sampan.org


African American children and adults are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke than any other racial or ethnic group. (Image courtesy of Adobe Stock user weerapat1003.)

By the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Black or African American is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as “a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.” There were over 42 million African Americans in the United States in 2014 — approximately 13 percent of the U.S. population.

Although African Americans usually smoke fewer cigarettes and start smoking cigarettes at an older age, they are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than whites.

Tobacco use is a major contributor to the three leading causes of death among African Americans: heart disease,…

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Global business of secondhand clothes thrive in Africa [Business Africa]


It’s big business

Heaps of clothes, scorching heat and choking dust, hawkers chanting prices, competing for the attention of shoppers, who haggle to get as many clothes at the lowest cost possible. In crowded markets and on sidewalks of African towns and cities, shoppers can turn up Tommy Hilfiger jeans or a Burberry jacket for a fraction of the price in London’s Regent Street or New York’s Fifth Avenue.

It is a common scene across Africa, with Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Benin, Uganda and Kenya among the biggest markets for second hand clothes.

These secondhand clothes, discarded as worthless at…

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US suspends Rwanda AGOA eligibility over secondhand clothes ban — Quartz


Africa’s textile industry may be caught in the crosshairs of US president Donald Trump’s global trade war.

In reaction to Rwanda raising tariffs on used clothing and footwear from the US, the Trump administration says it will suspend duty-free privileges on eligible Rwandan clothing—a benefit of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)— within 60 days. US Trade Representative’s office says a suspension rather than a termination of the benefits will “allow for continued engagement with the aim of restoring market access.”

Other East African countries, including Tanzania and Uganda, have been spared a similar fate as, according to the trade office, both countries have “committed not to phase in a ban” for second-hand products. Last year, Kenya also backtracked on the…

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Marker suggests high second-hand smoke exposure in disadvantaged kids | News


By Shereen Lehman

(Reuters Health) – Nearly all the adolescents in an economically disadvantaged, largely minority population in San Francisco who were tested for a tobacco-smoke byproduct showed evidence of regular exposure, a small study found.

Researchers were looking for an accurate marker of tobacco smoke exposure that could also distinguish smokers from those who were just exposed to second-hand smoke. In tests of urine samples from pediatric patients of a public hospital, they found that more than 90 percent were above the cutoff for second-hand exposure.

The marker the study team used, known as NNAL, is detectable in urine for much longer periods after tobacco exposure than cotinine, another compound commonly used to…

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Nonprofit director: Secondhand smoke hits close to home for Oklahoma blacks


Major tobacco companies in recent months have — by federal court order — been admitting some startling truths through selected print, broadcast and social media outlets. The last of five series of “corrective statements” comes out this month, and its theme of secondhand smoke hits close to home for many African-Americans in Oklahoma.

Hundreds of Oklahomans die each year from diseases attributed to secondhand smoke, which contains about 7,000 chemicals including at least 70 that can cause cancer. Research shows that a higher percentage of African-American families in Oklahoma, including those with vulnerable children, are being exposed to toxic secondhand smoke.

More than one in five black residents allows smoking in their homes, compared…

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