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.
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.
Graphic warnings on cigarette packs are more likely to get smokers thinking about the health risks associated with their habit than packs with only text warnings. This is according to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
Only text warnings are currently printed on cigarette and other tobacco packaging in South Africa, however, graphic warning labels with pictures of diseased lungs and mouth and throat cancers caused by smoking has been approved by the Department of Health and is expected to appear on local packaging in the near future.