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Mukono Authorities to Close Bars Promoting Shisha Smoking

Samari Musenero, the Mukono District Health Secretary notes that there are several pubs and bars where open cigarette smoking is practiced. According to Musenero, they have teamed up with security to monitor and close all public places violating the ban on Shisa and public smoking.

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Mukono district authorities have resolved to close entertainment spots promoting the smoking of shisha and all banned substances. 

This came up during a meeting aimed at controlling tobacco at Riders hotel in Seeta in Mukono Municipality.    

During the meeting, local leaders singled out about 20 bars and entertainment spots that still permit revelers to smock Shisha smoking despite numerous warnings.  

Samari Musenero, the Mukono District Health Secretary notes that there are several pubs and bars where open cigarette smoking is practiced.  

According to Musenero, they have teamed up with security to monitor and close all public places violating the ban on Shisa and public smoking.       

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The Tobacco Control Act, 2015 prohibits smoking in public places, workplaces and public transport. Proprietors of such places are required to set up smoking zones. 

The act provides a fine not exceeding ten currency points or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five months, or both for those found liable of breaching its provisions.  

It also mandates the issuing authority to revoke the license and close the premises of the violators for a period of not less than six months. 

Fred Bamwiine, the Mukono Resident District Commissioner-RDC, says they made consultations with the Health Ministry on the tobacco law, which has mandated them to arrest whoever is involved in open smoking.

 

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Badiru Mayanja, the Mukono Assistant Chief Administration Officer-ACAO asked local leaders at all levels to come up with by-laws in line with the existing tobacco law to eliminate the vice of smoking. 

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Dr. Hafsa Lukwata, the National Overseer of the Tobacco Control Program notes that they have engaged police the main law enforce agency in the country to enforce the tobacco law.

She says they have also gone ahead to sensitize especially bar managers and proprietors of busy places to maintain a smoke free environment.   

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