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Kampala- July 9, 2014- The Tobacco Control Bill 2014 presented in Uganda’s Parliament for the 2nd Reading

The Tobacco Control Bill 2014 was this afternoon presented to the Parliament of Uganda for the 2nd reading following a consultative  process by the Parliamentary Committee on Health, which also presented its findings.

The motion to table the Bill was moved by Hon. Nyakikongoro who highlighted the health hazards of tobacco to the House and called for an urgent passing of the bill into law so as to protect both current and future generations from the devastating effects of tobacco. The House that was chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Jacob Oulanya overwhelmingly supported the motion.

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One out of every three youths who visit bars in Kampala smoke shisha/ water pipe tobacco with the majority of them initiating the habit by age of 23 years. This is according to a study carried out by Christine Aanyu, a Masters Research Student of Makerere University School of Public Health. The study that focused on knowledge, attitudes and practices of shisha smoking among youths in Kampala was one of the tobacco control researches carried out under the CTCA Research Grant Project implemented in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). 

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World No Tobacco Day - 31 May, 2015

Theme:  Stop illicit trade of tobacco products

Preamble:

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

For World No Tobacco Day 2015, WHO is we calling on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products. The illicit trade of tobacco products is a major global concern, including health, legal and economic, governance and corruption.

Illicit trade of Tobacco Products – What it is

 

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Makerere University-Kampala; May 8, 2015 : The first ever State of African Resilience Report  has been launched in Makerere University, Kampala. The report highlights findings from the Resilient Africa Network ( RAN) lab and provides an insight into understanding the dimensions of  vulnerability and adaptation. The report further identifies major dimensions of resilience from the perspective of more than  a dozen vulnerable communities across sub-Saharan  Africa. It is based on the research and analysis of the RAN Universities that are engaging  with local communities to understand  how best to prevent, mitigate,  and overcome the current shocks and stresses to which they are most vulnerable.

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