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Tobacco Control Campaign

World No Tobacco Day Dialogue held

UHCA organised a media dialogue under the theme “Ban Tobacco Advertising Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS)”, in conjunction with Ministry of Health, as one of the activities for the World No Tobacco Day. The event took place at Kati Kati Restaurant, Kampala, attracting over thirty journalists from various media houses around Kampala.


Born and raised in the tobacco-growing district of Arua, Emmanuel Ojapi learnt how to smoke at 17. Now 38, Ojapi smokes between 26 and 30 sticks of locally-woven tobacco daily – which is probably why his teeth are steadily changing colour from white to deep yellow. When he smiles, the change is evident with the teeth of his lower jaw. Ojapi has easy access to tobacco because he works on tobacco farms for a living.

West Nile tobacco growers cry out

UHCA lead a team of 9 journalists from various media houses in Kampala to Maracha district, with the sole aim of getting to hear views from tobacco growers, other dwellers and the local leaderships.  They headed deep into the outskirts of the region; visited farmers in their gardens and people in their homes to interview them about tobacco related issues.

Tobacco control bill- journalists advocacy skills sharpened

Tobacco Control advocates in Uganda are working to have Parliament pass a comprehensive law on tobacco control. The object of the law is to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, economic, and environmental consequences of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.

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There is a new trend among today’s youth and the corporate class - the practice of smoking shisha also known as water-pipe smoking. If you watch the way people smoke shisha, they take deliberate, deep breaths of the tobacco smoke from the water pipe, before exhaling so there is a lot of smoke being inhaled.

Tobacco and premature births - mothers beware

A study that evaluated the results of a ban on public smoking has found that it reduces the number of pre-mature births. The findings, conducted by the Hasselt University in Belgium and published in the British Medical Journal, confirm that smoking bans significantly reduce the risk of preterm delivery.

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