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Kampala- Tuesday July 28, 2015 :  

Time Check is 13: 44 in Uganda’s Parliament on a cool Tuesday afternoon, and Speaker Jacob Oulanyah is presiding over the House that started debate at 10:00 am. The Speaker asks for those in favor of the motion to pass the TC Bill, and the House overwhelmingly voted for passing the Bill into law, or in Parliamentary language- the Ayess  got it! 

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(From THE UNION) In memoriam: Dr Annik Rouillon, MD, MPH (1929-2015)

Dr Annik Rouillon, MD, MPH, former Executive Director of The Union and one of the foremost leaders in 20th century public health, passed away on Monday, 13 July, 2015 at the age of 85. Serving as both Director of Scientific Activities and Executive Director during her 36-year career, she worked tirelessly as one of the central figures of the organisation until her retirement in 1992.

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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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