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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health
Building capacity for a tobacco-free world
July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Objective: The major objectives of Tobacco Control Bill is to create an Act of Parliament to regulate the manufacture, sale, labeling, advertising, promotion of Tobacco products, to regulate smoking in specified areas. To provide response to a national public Health problems.
Methods: In East Africa and Uganda in particular, the government is not determine enough to impose restriction over Tobacco Industries due to the huge income she derive from taxes, however, Civil Society Organizations are putting more pressure so that Public Health becomes one of the priorities. In Kenya the first Tobacco Bill was drafted in 1995,Tanzania in 1999 and Uganda 2001 but nothing was done until recently in August 2002 when the three nations came together in Kampala in a Regional Workshop and drafted the Bills for the three countries. And now the "NO SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACE POLICY" is being implemented in the three countries and they have all signed the FCTC.
Results: The drafted Bill is now in parliament for approval, but so far the effect is being felt. *The greater percentage of the public is now aware that every person has a right to a smoke free environment.
*That every person has duty to implement measures to safeguard the health of Non- smokers.
*No smoking Label is now a must in every public place. No person is to manufacture, import, distribute or wholesale or retail Tobacco products without license issued by Tobacco Control commission.
*It's illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone below the age of 18years of age