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Smokers Face Jail as Uganda’s Stringent Law is Effected

Dr. Sheilla Ndyanabangi (in blue) the National Focal Person
for Tobacco Control addressing journalists at Ministry of Health
headquarters on Thursday

Uganda’s Tobacco Control Act has been commissioned and taken effect prohibiting public smoking in addition to selling tobacco to those below 21 years.

The Act which seeks to safeguard present and future generations from health, viagra http://chienyenthinh.com/components/com_virtuemart/helpers/vmpdf.php socio-economic and environmental consequences of tobacco use and exposure requires 100 percent smoke-free environments in indoor public places and within 50 meters of specified outdoor places.

Dr. Sheilla Ndyanabangi the National Focal Person for Tobacco Control told journalists on Thursday that violation of the new law will lead to imprisonment with a sentence not less than 6 months or a fine of Shs 200, order 000.

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“The Tobacco Control Act has finally been effected and whoever is found smoking in public will pay a fine or go to prison. It also bans advertisement of all tobacco products, sponsorship and corporate social responsibility done by the tobacco industry,” Dr. Ndyanabangi said in a news conference at Ministry of Health headquarters.

Owners of publicly used premises are henceforth required to display notices in a conspicuous place in clear various languages and prominent font that disallow smoking.

The law further stipulates; “Sales of tobacco products are prohibited up to 50 metres from specified places including; clinics, educational institutions, places of worship, places where children are cared for, airports and other public transport terminals, cinemas, theatres and sports stadia.”

Organs mandated to enforce the law include National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) health inspectors, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the Police.

The Act was passed by Parliament on July 28 2015 and later assented to by President Yoweri Museveni in September 2015.

Uganda is party to the World Health Organization (WHO) Convention on Tobacco Control which it signed and ratified in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

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