The Tobacco Control Milestones Celebrations Uganda
The Tobacco Control Journey in Uganda has been one of ups and downs, this journey is one that has seen a lot of uphills and challenges.
Way before 2015, the Tobacco Control movement was initiated with support from partners and advocates, who started small but were consistent. The need for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and cubbing their Tax evasion tactics grew, and even more, the dangers of Tobacco were evident and there needed to be a policy against the consumption of this deadly product.
Along the journey, more partners joined hands, with collective efforts and amassing of resources to support the cause, until the law was finally passed in 2015. Along the way, the Tobacco control regulations were also gazetted, and are now under implementation.
All the support from partners can’t go away without being appreciated, thank you to, Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation, Tobacco-Free Kids, Uganda National Health Consumers Organisation, Uganda Health Communication Alliance, Centre for Tobacco Control Africa and all the advocates.
Partners, Tobacco Control Committee heads, Advocates, the media and all other dignitaries in support of the Tobacco Control movement graced the day. Hearing from all the stories they shared about this journey, Uganda indeed chose health over economic benefits when the Tobacco Control Law was passed, as MP Paul Mwiri put it.
Ms. Neima Hellen, a #TobaccoControl legal consultant unveiled a study of the Tobacco Industry interference. Uganda’s tobacco industry monitoring techniques superseded allover Africa and took the second position all over the world.
Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng received the Tobacco Industry interference index 2019, and closed the event with some final remarks of appreciation and challenging the advocates to do more where they have lacked.
All thanks go to the civil society for the continued support of the Tobacco Control Law and the government for policy passing and implementation.