Uganda police Partners with UNHCO on enforcing the anti tobacco law

By Waswa Deo

Uganda police is in a partnership with Uganda National health User’s  and consumer’s  organization(UNHCO) to sensitize police officers countrywide on how best to implement the Tobacco control Act 2015.

According to Taire Idhwege Geoffrey, the commissioner environment, protection at police unit, the partnership seeks to call upon each Ugandans including police officers to follow the law that puts into effect a 100% smoke free future for Ugandans.

Robinah Katirimba, executive director Uganda National health User’s and consumer’s organization (UNHCO) says they will continue to go into several partnerships with  other government and private institutions to give full implementation of the law.

The Uganda parliament passed a law last in 2015 on 28th July that brings Uganda into line with the strongest tobacco control policies around the world.

The law was then launched officially, on 31st June this year to into use.

The law prohibits, Smoking within 50 meters of public spaces, tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, as well as on cigarette pack displays at the point of sale, sale of cigarettes in public places such as healthcare facilities, cinemas, police stations, prison, or within 50 meters of education institutions or places where children are cared for, sale of tobacco products to any person under 21 years of age. Among others.