Business
UHRC backs tobacco control Bill
Publish Date: Jul 19, 2014
UHRC backs tobacco control Bill
Kinkiizi East MP, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi who initiated the Private Members Bill
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Joyce Namutebi 

The Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) has backed the Tobacco Control Bill, 2014 which seeks to protect present and future generations from devastating health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco use and exposure.

“The UHRC welcomes the efforts made towards drafting this Bill in order to bring Uganda in line with its international obligations as per the WHO FCTC (World Health Organisation Framework  Convention on Tobacco Control), ” the commission said in its submission on the Bill to the parliamentary committee on health.

Uganda ratified the WHO FCTC treaty in June 2007 and it obliges state parties to introduce legislative measures that would regulate certain stipulated areas of tobacco control.

Already, Uganda has laws namely the Tobacco (Control and Marketing) Act and the national Tobacco Corporation Act, but UHRC contends that they are outdated, especially in light of the recent global and local developments in tobacco production, consumption and control.

UHRC submission was presented to the health committee by commissioner, Katebarirwe Amooti this week.

The Private Members Bill initiated by Kinkiizi east MP, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, also seeks to regulate the manufacture, sale, labeling, promotion, advertising, distribution, public use  and sponsorship of tobacco products.

The commission supported the restriction of sale and display of tobacco products in public places contending that doing so amounts to advertising and promoting tobacco use, which would increase accessibility of the products, especially to those tobacco users who would wish to quit and the youth who are vulnerable to promotional effects of product display.

On the clause in the Bill which provides that everyone has a right to a tobacco free environment Katebarirwe said it is recognizant to Article 9(1) of the WHO FCTC, which identifies scientific evidence as having unequivocally established the fact that exposure to tobacco smoke causes disease, disability and death.

“The right to a clean and healthy environment interlinks with various human rights such as the right to life which would be violated due to exposure to tobacco and tobacco smoke, and the right to health,” Katebarirwe said.

The commission also supported a provision in the Bill on protection of minors and another on insulation of public health policies from commercial and other vested interests in the tobacco industry.
  

The commission, however, urged Government to come up with alternative viable economic programmes  and policies for the tobacco growers in line with World Health Organisation Framework  Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

The commission also expressed reservations on the provision in the Bill which prohibits from smoking within 100 metres from a public place and work place.

The health committee which is responsible for scrutinising the Bill and making a report to Parliament, has interfaced with several stakeholders including tobacco farmers, tobacco companies and health specialists.  
 
Related Stories

Tobacco companies frustrating Bill, says MP

MPs start scrutinizing the Tobacco Control Bill 2014

Health advocates want anti-tobacco public education campaign improved

A call for a ban of cigarette displays

 

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
UAE Exchange customer wins Xpress Money ‘Win Big’ second weekly draw
Xpress Money recently announced the second weekly draw winner of its ongoing promotion – Win Big. Ms. Ann Minviluz Banquerigo, a customer of UAE Exchange, Lugogo Mall branch, won herself a prize money of UGX 250,000 by simply sending money using Xpress Money services....
Total CEO de Margerie killed in Moscow as jet hits snow plough
MOSCOW - The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport on Monday night....
Govt to identify key opportunities for growth
THE Government and World Bank are preparing a joint ‘Country Economic Memorandum’ report, which will identify key opportunities and challenges to accelerating socio-economic transformation...
Business guide in conflict resolution developed
A business guide for the business community to resolve conflicts without resorting to courts of law has been developed....
Mining to increase Agriculture production
Agriculture production in Uganda is set to increase with the establishment of mining and oil extraction industries despite concerns from the public that the discovery of oil in Uganda will affect the sector negatively....
Farmers to benefit from sh60b grant
UGANDAN farmers are set to benefit from a low-interest agricultural loan facilitated by a $24.7m (sh60b) grant from the International Fund for Agricultural Development...
Do Ugandan tycoons prepare their children to take over their business empires?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter