jueves, 30 de julio de 2015

Uganda: Anti-Tobacco Bill Passed – 29 de Julio de 2015 – Uganda

By Deo Walusimbi
A reveller smoking in a public place

MPs yesterday passed the Anti-tobacco Bill 2014 with some amendments, ending uncertainty over a public health initiative opposed by corporate interests.

First moved in March 2014 by Kinkiizi East MP Dr Chris Baryomunsi, now the junior minister of health for general duties, the bill seeks to promote and protect the right to health and life as a fundamental human right.

Should President Museveni assent to the bill, it will set the bar higher for both the tobacco industry and smokers. Among other things, the bill establishes the tobacco control committee, and imposes a responsibility on a person consuming tobacco product to ensure the he or she doesn't expose another person to tobacco smoke.

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