Gov't to tighten noose on tobacco consumption
By Vivian Agaba
IN an effort to combat the health hazards of tobacco consumption, government is to tighten the rules and regulations against tobacco consumption, the minister has said.
According to the minister of health Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, government has a plan in offing to accelerate reduction of tobacco use and hence reduce the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) burden in Uganda.
He noted that there is an emerging epidemic of NCDs not only in Uganda but throughout East Africa of which tobacco control is identified as the single most important risk factor.
“You may recall that in September 2011, the heads of state of UN membership met in the UN General Assembly to discuss the increasing threat posed by NCDs and agree on a joint response,”Rugunda said.