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    • The Observer: Government should regulate shisha smoking

      March 24, 2013

      Shisha smoking is gradually becoming one of the acceptable ways to unwind the evening after a long day’s stress, most especially among the younger generation.

      Many young people find it trendy to call each other for dates and one of the principal activities is taking cold bottles of beer and smoking shisha. This trend is very common in many bars around Kampala and neighbouring areas, and surprisingly it is going on unabated.

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    • NBS: Tanzanian MPs Consult Uganda on Tobacco Control Bill

      March 1, 2013

      A group of Members of Parliament from Tanzania have visited their Ugandan counterparts to study the Tobacco Control Bill that is now under discussion.

      The proposed law was brought to Parliament as a private members bill to regulate the growing, sale, consumption and use of tobacco and its products. The bill that among others provides for the increase in the price of tobacco products through taxing them heavily is supported by members of the civil society.

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    • New Vision: Tobacco Growing has kept Giro poor

      February 23, 2013

      Seventy-four-year-old Gadi Giro has grown tobacco for most of his life. However, he still sleeps in the same grass-thatched four-room mud and wattle hut he built decades ago at Alai village in Katrini sub-county. His home is located about 10km north of Arua town.

      Giro started growing tobacco with about an acre of the crop in 1960, when the British American Tobacco (BAT) company was the monopoly player in West Nile. Leaf Tobacco & Commodities and Continental Tobacco Uganda, among others, have since entered this lucrative market.

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    • Observer: Draft Law Just Made Tobacco Too Expensive

      February 5, 2013

      A proposed anti-tobacco legislation could soon make it more expensive to deal in the product. Its proponents have secured a certificate of financial implications from the ministry of Finance which essentially paves way for the bill to be tabled in Parliament.

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    • New Vision: Artist Rallies Citizens Against Smoking

      February 2, 2013

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    • Blog: Madam Speaker, Pass the Uganda Tobacco Control Bill 2012

      January 30, 2013

      On 4th February 2013, the Ugandan parliament will reconvene from an eventful recess in which a head-on collision between two competing arms of government was averted through the choice, by one arm, of ‘a path of least resistance’.

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    • Blog: Regulate Tobacco Consumption & Save Lives

      January 30, 2013

      Yesterday Tuesday the 29th Jan 2013 was yet another day to remember in Uganda as a campaign dubbed “tobacco kills, say no and save lives” was launched. It is worth remembering in both a positive and negative perspective basing on the fact that when the consumption of tobacco is regulated, the players in its marketing and distribution will have a lot to lose. There are also those who are the primary producers who are the farmers mostly from the West Nile region of Uganda and some parts in the Eastern region.

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    • Daily Monitor: Tobacco Bill ready for House Debate

      January 30, 2013

      The chairperson of the Uganda Parliamentary Forum on Non-Communicable Diseases has said the Tobacco Control Bill 2012 will be tabled in Parliament in two weeks.

      Speaking at the launch of a tobacco control advocacy campaign in Kampala yesterday, Ms Benny Bugembe (Mubende, NRM), said the Bill would be submitted to the Ministry of Finance.

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    • Daily Monitor: Effects of Tobacco on HIV patients

      January 3, 2013

      HIV/Aids patients who access good treatment but continue smoking are more vulnerable to death from tobacco consumption than from the virus, a recent study indicates.

      The study released last month by the department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Copenhagen Hospital, was dubbed ‘Mortality Attributable to Smoking among HIV-1–Infected Individuals: A Nationwide, Population-Based Cohort Study.’

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    • The Observer: Can Tobacco be Banned?

      November 1, 2012

      This week presents a significant milestone in the history of tobacco farming.
      For the first time ever, over 30 million tobacco famers across the world united to mark – but not to celebrate – World Tobacco Growers day on October 29.

      The day came amidst uncertainty in the tobacco-growing world over some of the measures being proposed for tobacco control, which seem geared towards suffocating, rather than regulating the industry.

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