Tag - Uganda

Tobacco total ban looms in West Nile

The residents and local leaders in Arua district have asked the government to consider imposing a total ban on Tobacco in the country. The call was made during an orientation meeting for councilors and journalists of Arua district on enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act 2015. The meeting was organized by the officials from the department...

Kenya-Uganda urged to fight growing illicit trade

In Summary •Illicit trade costs Kenyans an estimated Sh153 billion a year in lost taxes and robs the state of resources needed for vital services. •It also funds other criminal enterprises, breeds corruption and finances extremism across the region. The Kenyan government has been urged to enhance surveillance and seal-off growing illicit trade between the country and...

Ending Tobacco Farming Leads To A Healthy Environment And A Healthier Population

Op-ed - The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. Tobacco kills more than 8 million people every year, and around 1.2 million of these deaths are due to exposure to second-hand smoke. This is far greater compare to deaths due to COVID-19 and it has been...

BATU shareholders dividend to drop to Shs 10.2billion

Shareholders of British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU) will earn nearly 50% less in dividends for the year ended December 2021 owed to reduced profit. Financial results released on Feb. 25 shows that the cigarette  firm recorded a sharp drop in net profit from Shs 19.9billion in 2020 to Shs 10.2billion last year citing  slow economic...

Can tobacco growing pave way for livelihood crops?

Some authors stress that tobacco firms should be socially responsible by encouraging farmers to save some portion of land to grow staple crops. Scope of tobacco farming in Uganda Article 17 of the WHOFCTC compels parties to promote viable alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers. It can clearly be noted that fewer governments have done so. Hundreds...

Kenya, Uganda rank top globally in enacting tobacco control measures

Summary The index by STOP — the global tobacco industry watchdog — shows that regionally, Uganda took fifth position while Kenya came nineth. A total of 31 countries registered a deterioration in the index partly due to the fact that many governments were short of public health resources during the pandemic, which forced them...

Uganda Emerges Best Tobacco Control Champion In Africa

The adage hard work pays has been fulfilled with the pearl of Africa - Uganda, after being announced as the best country on the African continent, which is undoubtedly pushing the tobacco industry against the wall. Uganda has been branded as the best tobacco control champion. This thrilling news was revealed during the virtual launch...

Uganda: Covid-19, gov’t regulations impact tobacco revenues and taxes

Uganda’s formal tobacco Industry continues to be impacted by a growing trade in illicit products, attributed to government policies which are otherwise aimed at protecting the industry. These include the implementation of anti-smoking regulations as well as the tax measures that are largely aimed at making cigarettes too expensive and reduce it’s demand. The largest...

TCRA research: Ugandan researcher wants to find the latest statistics on young people and tobacco use in the country

When it comes to taking up a habit like smoking, young people are in all probability considered the most vulnerable group. Accordingly, implementing effective ways to prevent cigarette smoking and other forms of tobacco use can yield important public health benefits, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Statistics show that low and middle income countries...

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