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.
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