THE TOBACCO CONTROL JOURNALIST MEETUP AND CAFÉ
So as to engage Journalists of both traditional and social media, so as to talk about better ways of communicating the Tobacco control law, UHCA hosted a Journalists Café on 3rd September 2019, at Minister’s Village.
Online Influencers and Journalists from different Media Houses graced the event.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE MEETING WAS;
- To find a common ground on how to communicate better, the Tobacco Control Law and dangers of taking tobacco.
The meeting that embarked on finding a systematic strategy of spreading the gospel of the Tobacco Control Law began on a high note as we chorused through a few achievements of the Tobacco Control initiative. A few of those included;
- Tobacco factories have closed down.
- Farmers have opted for other crops like millet.
- Implementation of the Tobacco Law. (no smoke areas)
As discussions heated up, the members in the house agreed;
- The continuous efforts by the Tobacco industry to induce the youths to consumption of smokeless tobacco products.
- Smuggling of Tobacco products in the country by tobacco industries.
- The need to create rehabilitation programmes to cater for the addicted/affected smokers.
- The need to reach out to school children as they stand-out to be the target market for the tobacco industries.
- The need to create a functional communication line that creates more engagement on online platforms. Influencers were urged to break news and the respective media houses in promise agreed to amplify the voice.
More ways on advocating for tobacco control were discussed, and these included (but were not limited to):
- Influencers should engage more on social media/online platforms.
- The Tobacco industry should be engaged on the issue and understanding of the control law.
- Government agencies like URA should be informed on illegal practices of smuggling of tobacco products.
- Smoking in public norms should be broken through increased advocacy.