Uganda is party to the W.H.O’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).More than 1,117,000 people continue to smoke each day in Uganda. Every year, more than 10,600 people are killed by smoking-caused disease in Uganda. Ugandans have little exposure to or knowledge of alternatives to combustible cigarettes.
The trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Uganda is decreasing. It was 15% overall in 2000 and declined to 9% in 2015 with a further drop to around 7% projected by 2025. The prevalence for men drives the decreasing trend. For men the prevalence decreased from 25.5% in 2000 to 15% in 2015, with a further decrease to 11% projected by 2025. For women prevalence was 4% in 2000, decreasing to 3% in 2015 and is projected to decrease to 2% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018, 2nd edition report, which shows slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles.
In Uganda e-cigarette are categorized as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). Under the Tobacco Control act (2015) manufacture, importation, sale and distribution are prohibited. It is not illegal to use them – but illegal to bring them into the country.
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