Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Smoking 'sigara' !!
In December 2003, Philip Karugaba an environmental lawyer in Uganda won a landmark victory in the high courts declaring smoking in public places a violation of non-smokers’ constitutional rights to life and to a clean and healthy environment.

The judge ordered Uganda's National Environment Management Authority to make regulations to ban smoking in public places within one year. On 12 March 2004, Uganda’s smoke free regulation came to effect.

Since then, there have been few publicized arrests and prosecutions. Fines for those who defied the ban ranged from 20,000 to 100,000 Uganda shillings and the owners of public places who failed to enforce the ban were to face a fine of between 50,000 to 300,000 Uganda shillings.

Today, when you move around Uganda, you will find smokers feeling freer to smoke in public places as if there is no maxim that bans smoking in public environment.

To the non-smokers, a minute figure knows about their right of having a clean and health environment or can have the audacity to tell a smoker to leave a premise (because they are smoking) or seek assistance from an environmental inspector.

It is said that, send a thief to catch a thief. What would happen when a Police officer smokes in public places? How many will be imprisoned?

Think about this, how easy is it to trace a smoker who cause a non-smoker to be ill or spoils the environment of a non-smoker?

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posted by ombui at 7:12 AM | Permalink |


  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger boyflani

    great blog dude.landed here after i noticed the smoking thing.they just did it in Nakuru and i wonder if it will hold..