Uganda has no comprehensive tobacco control law but has regulations banning smoking in indoor public places. The Control of Smoking in Public Places Regulations 2004 was enacted in 2004 as a result of a court case. The smokefree regulations do not conform to the standards of the Article 8 Guidelines. The smokefree law is not comprehensive, as it allows for DSRs and has ventilation provisions. The law is not well enforced. Although, to JT’s knowledge, there are no concrete national plans for Article 8 implementation, a tobacco control policy under the Ministry of Health is in the process of being drafted.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
The Environmental Action Network (TEAN) http://www.tean.globalink.org/
Health and Environmental Rights Origination (HERO-UGANDA)
Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH)
Uganda Tobacco or Health Forum (national coalition of groups and activists)
National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA)
Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials
The smoker’s body http://www.who.int/tobacco/research/smokers_body/en/index.html
Needs related to implementing smokefree policies
Funds, public awareness campaigns and research
Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8
Lack of political will and complacency on the part of NEMA whose duty it is to enforce the law. There are no designated inspectors as specified in the law, and there have been few publicized arrests.
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