Don’t we have enough Bills in Uganda?
The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda guarantees the right to health and a right to life. Uganda signed and ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005 and 2007 respectively. As a party to this global treaty, the country is obliged to have an FCTC compliant law in place within five years, which expired in 2012.
The National Environment Regulations – Control of Smoking in Public Places Regulations in 2004 is not compliant with the FCTC guidelines and is generally poorly enforced and almost non-existent in the hospitality sector.
Hence, the Tobacco Control Bill seeks to introduce comprehensive law to regulate the manufacture, sale, labeling, promotion, advertising, and sponsorship of tobacco products and the distribution and public use of tobacco products; recognize, promote and protect the right to health and the right to life as fundamental human rights and also provides for the protection and promotion of the interests of tobacco growers by promoting economically viable alternative livelihoods.
Key provisions of the Bill:
- Establishment of a Tobacco Control Committee and its function (to ensure enforcement)
- Taxation & Control of Illicit Trade
- Smoke-Free Environments
- Protection of the environment
- Ban on tobacco advertising, promotion & sponsorship
- Tobacco product packaging & labeling
- Restrictions on the sale, supply and use of tobacco products
- Regulation of tobacco products; tobacco product contents and emissions disclosures
- Protection of tobacco control policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry
- Prevention and control of illicit trade