Who We Are
Tobacco Kills: Say No & Save Lives comprises of a group of concerned citizens; from legislators to doctors, journalists to farmers & the civil society who are also mothers, fathers, friends and family of smokers & non-smokers. For more information about our Partners, click here.
What We Do
Tobacco Kills: Say No & Save Lives is a public awareness campaign on the dangers of tobacco and also an advocacy campaign to pass the Tobacco Control Bill in Uganda.
Why We Do It
Tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended. Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death in the world, killing up to half of the people who use it.
Every 6.5 seconds someone dies from tobacco use. Tobacco is expected to cause approximately 10 million deaths per year by 2030; 70% of these in developing countries (WHO, 2011).
The 2006 Uganda Demographic Health Survey indicated that cigarette smoking prevalence amongst adults was 23% for males and 4% for females.
Tobacco was responsible for 2% of all non-communicable diseases in Uganda (WHO, 2012). Data from Mulago Hospital showed that 75% of the patients of oral cancer had a history of smoking from 2-38 years. Tobacco is reported to claim more lives globally than HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined.
Under-age smoking is a problem. Kids as young as 9 start smoking in Arua, Kampala, Lira, Mbale, Mbarara and Masaka (Nambi, 2008).
Overall 15.6% of the students have ever smoked cigarettes. The overall percentage of students currently using tobacco product was 5.5% (Uganda Global Youth Tobacco Survey 2008).
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