By Sania Babirye
Three people who were found smoking and selling Shisha at August 80 bar in Bukoto have been ordered to pay a court fine of 480,000 shillings or in default serve one year in Luzira prison.
This is after the three pleaded guilty to the offense of selling and displaying tobacco products.
The convicts include 30 year old Muhumuza Alphonce a resident of Nakawa division,23 year old Joanita Nabase a resident of Najeera and 33 year old Jerry Bigena a resident of Kisasi in Nakawa division within Kampala district.
Court has also issued criminal summons to a waiter at August 80 bar Serunkuma Abdul to appear in court and answer to the said charges on the 23rd of this month.
Prosecution states that on the 6th of March 2020 at August 80 bar, the convicts were found displaying /smoking flavored tobacco product which is in contravention of the 2015 tobacco control act.
By Moses Kidandi
Several people are still being held by Police in Kampala following a weekend raid on bars in the Kabalagala area.
Over 15 people were arrested in a raid on some city bars in an operation targeting those smoking tobacco and water pipes referred to as shisha.
Among those arrested is South Sudan minister, Doup Simon.
The public is now condemning police for use of excess force during such arrests.
In 2015, parliament passed the tobacco control bill into a law.
This would make it illegal to smoke cigarettes in public, and smoke shisha in public places.
According to the British heart foundation, Shisha pipes use tobacco sweetened with fruit or molasses sugar, which makes the smoke more aromatic than cigarette smoke. Popular flavourings include apple, plum, coconut, mango, mint, strawberry and cola. Wood, coal, or charcoal is burned in the shisha pipe to heat the tobacco and create the smoke because the fruit syrup or sugar makes the tobacco damp.
When you smoke shisha, you and anyone sitting near you are breathing in smoke which releases toxins including carbon monoxide and heavy metals –reducing your body’s ability to carry oxygen around in your blood. Visit our smoking page to find out more about the effect that smoking has your body.