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“Pass tobacco control bill, increase tax” - Tobacco activists urge  Ugandan government

Uganda joined the rest of the world as it commemorated  World No Tobacco Day. 

Ugandan government in conjunction with tobacco control advocates celebrated the day by holding a media conference. 

Government representatives from the Ministry of Health (MoH) together with civil society cooperated towards increasing awareness about the dangers of tobacco-use, particularly on how increase in tax will result into a drastic improvement in the fight against curb dangers related to the use of tobacco products in the country. 

Health ministry calls for increase in tobacco taxes

The ministry of Health argues that an increase in tax usually forces smokers to quit; it reduces the uptake and use of tobacco products by the youth; and it ultimately lowers consumption rates among continuing users.As the minister of Finance prepares to read this year’s national budget on Thursday, the ministry of Health has called for an increase in taxes on tobacco in order to cut down on smoking and reduce thousands of health complications that tobacco causes each year.

 

Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the minister of Health, says that every 10 per cent increase in price leads to 8 per cent decrease in consumption. Half of this decrease is attributed to adults quitting smoking and the youth not taking up tobacco products. The other half is due to people who continue to smoke.

Last year, Maria Kiwanuka, the minister of Finance, increased excise duty on cigarettes to Shs 32,000 from Shs 22,000 for Soft cup (whose local content is more than 70 per cent of its constituents), to Shs 35,000 from Shs 25,000 for other soft cup and to Shs 69,000 from Shs 55,000 for Hinge lid respectively.

African Tobacco Control Advocates equipped with media planning skills

Tobacco control advocates in Africa have been called upon to design effective media campaigns to confront the barrage of misinformation pedaled by the tobacco industry.

The call was made by the WHO Country Chief for Uganda, Dr Alemu Wondimagegnehu during a regional workshop on “Developing Effective Tobacco Control Media Campaigns” held in Kampala- Uganda. The workshop organized by the Center for Tobacco Control Africa (CTCA) and World Lung Foundation (WLF) attracted participants from 6 countries. They include;

Parliament journalists initiated on Tobacco Control Bill

Journalists under the umbrella of the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association were given a firsthand tour of the Tobacco Control Bill 2014, by the initiator of the Bill, Hon Dr Chris Baryomunsi. This was at a half day media dialogue organized by Uganda Health Communication Alliance.

MPs table tobacco control bill in Ugandan parliament

MPs have started scrutinizing the Uganda Tobacco Control Bill 2014 yet another move to promote and protect the right to health and life as a fundamental human right.

The Bill which aims at regulating tobacco manufacture, sponsorships and protecting children from consuming cigarettes and tobacco products was tabled before parliament for the first reading on Friday

“No more tobacco products”: CVS Caremark drug stores

Big sellers of tobacco products in USA, CVS Caremark annouced that the company will end its sale of tobacco products.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) acclaimed the courageous and historical move made by CVS Caremark. The company has over 7,600 stores around USA.
Matthew L. Myers, President Campaign Free Kids, said that the company reached the decission after recognising that their products are leading causes of preventable death, the company found it idea to work towards improving the health of its customers.

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