TOBACCO CONTROL BILL FINALLY PASSED

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Parliament has finally passed the Tobacco Control (amendment) bill 2021 to among others impose an export tax on leaf tobacco.

Government expects to raise at least Ugx 20bn each year from this tax.

This part of the frantic efforts by the government to broaden the resource envelope to meet the Ugx 44trilloon budget passed last week.

The Bill seeks to control the demand for the consumption of tobacco and its products, its supply and products to the population.

Protect the environment from the effects of tobacco production and consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.

Promote the health of persons and reduce tobacco related illness and deaths; protect persons from the socio economic effects of tobacco production and consumption.

It further seeks to; promote research, surveillance and exchange of information on tobacco control; insulate tobacco control policies, laws and programs from interference by the tobacco industry; and strengthen coordination, partnerships and collaboration for tobacco control.

The Bill seeks to; establish the Tobacco Control Committee; fulfil Uganda’s obligation and commitment as a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and to provide for other related matters. 

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