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Public Urged To Report Public Smokers

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troche http://closdescapucins.fr/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-comments-list-table.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>This follows an analytical research that was conducted by World Health Organization that indicated a total of 165,000 children die every year due to communicable diseases caused by passive smoking.

The report that also showed that 19% of school going youths in secondary schools and 35% of the tertiary institution students smoke. This compelled parliament to probe for the tobacco control Bill.

While launching the innovation at National Theater in Kampala, the Kigezi County MP and a member on the parliamentary health committee, Hon. Ronah Ritah Nensiima said as members of the health committee one of the biggest challenge they have faced in implementing the Tobacco control Bill due to too much resistance from the tobacco farmers who say the bill is intended to push them out of business.

Nensiima noted that without hurting any farmer, the parliamentary health committee has decided to first sensitize all tobacco farmers and users on the dangers of tobacco before they pass the Bill.

She has on a similar note called upon the general public to be supportive and to stop being negligent on such serious health matters.

However in Uganda, tobacco growing has contributed to an increase in school dropout documented at 60% girls and 40% boys joining tobacco growing.

It has also contributed to the increase of cancer patients according to the cancer institute statistics which show that 16% of oral cancer patients are tobacco related, of which nearly 14% suffer from stomach

cancer, and 12% from throat cancer.

Some of the Non Communicable Diseases related to tobacco include diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, Cardio-Vascular diseases, cancer, Asthma, and some pulmonary diseases among others

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