Hurray for Uganda’s Anti-Tobacco Bill @BaryomunsiChris

Yesterday MP’s in Uganda passed the Anti-tobacco Bill 2014 with some amendments, ending uncertainty over a public health initiative opposed by corporate interests. First moved in March 2014 by Kinkiizi East MP – Dr Chris Baryomunsi (now the junior minister of health for general duties).

The bill seeks to promote and protect the right to health and life as a fundamental human right.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILL

  • Prohibits smoking within 100 metres of any public place.
  • No shisha smoking.
  • Packets should contain a minimum of 20 sticks of cigarettes.
  • Cigarette packets should be fully sealed.
  • Tobacco or its products shouldn’t be prominently displayed.
  • Bans advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
  • The text and pictures comprising the health warnings and messages shall appear together and shall occupy no less than less 75 per cent of the packaging.

Read more @allAfrica.com

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