Kinkizi East Member of Parliament Chris Baryomunsi on Thursday tabled the Tobacco Control Bill, a private memberâ€™s bill that seeks to regulate the use of tobacco in the country. Baryomunsi had earlier, accompanied by health experts, told journalists at parliament that the Bill seeks to regulate the manufacture, sale, promotion and public use of tobacco products.
Baryomunsi had earlier, accompanied by health experts, told journalists at parliament that the Bill seeks to regulate the manufacture, sale, promotion and public use of tobacco products.
Baryomunsi together with the seconder of the bill, Ndorwa East MP David Bahati, urged parliament to take the bill as a priority in order to protect the right to health and the right to life which are fundamental Human Rights.
The bill also seeks to protect the public from the effects of passive smoking and to protect minors from inducement to use tobacco and its products. It further seeks to regulate the manufacture, sale, labeling, promotion, advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products, and distribution and the public use of tobacco products.
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Dr Possy Mugyenyi, the manager Centre of Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), adds that Tobacco consumption is a root cause of most diseases like cancer, heart attack, stroke, impotence, diabetes and asthma.
Dr Sheila Ndyanabangi, the Principal Medical Officer, Mental Health and Control of Substance in the Ministry of Health, said that if the bill is passed into law there will be heavy punishments for public smokers.
The bill suggests imprisonment and levying of fines on public smokers and the withdrawal of licenses to public places that allow smokers adding that there will be no gazetted smoking zones.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has sent the bill to the committee of health for review.