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Tobacco Control Campaign

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.

Tobacco Control Campaign launched in Kampala

 Tuesday the 29th of January 2013 was an auspicious day, for with it came the launch of the tobacco control campaign in Kampala. The campaign’s focus is to achieve the enactment of a comprehensive tobacco control law is Uganda

The campaign, which is run by grantees of the Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), is an undertaking of four key organisations that include: Uganda Health Communication Alliance (UHCA), Uganda National Health Consumers Organisation (UNHCO), the Parliamentary Forum on Non Communicable Diseases (PFNDC) and Text To Change (TTC).

The lead organisations have mobilised other organisations and partners to join the fight for tobacco control in Uganda. These include Uganda National Tobacco Control Association (UNTCA), Uganda Cancer Institute, National Care Centre, Mental Health Uganda, Womens’ Awareness Against Cervical Cancer (WAACC), SEPRIMI Faith Based Organisation and Ministry of Health among others.

Anti-tobacco Bill tabled in Parliament

Parliament yesterday okayed the tabling of the Tobacco Control Bill, 2011, which seeks to control tobacco use and protect Ugandans from the detrimental effects of the plant.

It is well-known that secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease and lung cancer, but research now found that people exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to die of stroke or emphysema than those who were not exposed.

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