National
WHO calls for increased taxes on Tobacco
Publish Date: Jun 01, 2014
WHO calls for increased taxes on Tobacco
Tobacco being processed at BAT
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Violet Nabatanzi

The World health organization (WHO) has called for a 50 percent increase in taxes on tobacco.

 
“We estimate that by increasing tobacco taxes, all countries would reduce the number of smokers by 49 million within the next three years and ultimately save 11 million people,”  Collins Mwesigye from WHO told a press conference at the ministry of health headquarters in Kampala.
 
In 2012 Uganda cancer institute reported that 20.4 percent of esophagus cancers were linked to tobacco.
 
Other disease linked to tobacco use are chronic respiratory diseases, lung cancer, heart and blood vessel diseases.
 
Mwesigye noted that raising taxes on tobacco in support of the reduction in consumption is a core element of the WHO framework convention on Tobacco control. “As tobacco taxes go up, death and disease will go down,” he said.
 
Health minister Ruhakana Rugunda called upon parliament to urgently pass the Tobacco control Act to protect Ugandans from diseases and death.
 
He appealed to civil society to play an important role in advising Tobacco farmers to resort to other crops.
 
President Yoweri Museveni recently encouraged tobacco farmers in Koboko district during his visit, to adopt alternative crops for their own safety.
 
The manager center for Tobacco control in Africa, Possy Mugenyi noted that smoking amongst adults is going down and it is on the rise among the youth.

RELATED ARTICLE

Tobacco industry cautions on new legislation

Tobacco farmers accused of wasting earnings

Health advocates want anti-tobacco public education campaign improved

Tobacco companies frustrating Bill, says MP
 

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
A 19-year-old man who allegedly defiled an 8-year- old girl is seeking for pardon from the victim’s parents....
Rwandan man murdered in Kabale
A Rwandan man who came to Uganda to pick his teenage son from his former wife has been found murdered in Kabale district....
Alur bye-laws commended for positive behavioral change
The Royal council chairperson of the Alur Kingdom, Jacintos Chanwat said the enactment of an Alur bye-law has led to reduced anti-social behaviors in the districts of Nebbi and Zombo...
Jamboree: over 30,000 scouts coming to Uganda
Uganda will in August this year host the international Jamboree from 18 to 20 at Kaazi in Wakiso district....
Arua RDC warns on terror activities in West Nile region
Arua RDC, Peter Debele has warned those condoning terror activities and warned them to desist or else they will be penalized....
Government told to increase the number of midwives
Government was petitioned to increase the number of midwives providing skilled health care to women in Uganda....
Do you support KCCA'S move to return city communter buses?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter