Constitutional court to decide the tobocca control act fate on notice

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By Ronald Kabuye
A panel of five justices of the constitutional court led by deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo will decide whether to a null or not the tobacco control act 2015 that was challenged by British American Tobacco TCA 2015.
The judge will give a ruling on notice after it agreed to adopt both Oral and written submission made before a different panel by British American Tobacco Uganda BATU , Attorney General and Tobacco control advocates.
BATU submitted that when the law is read as a whole, has the effect of unjustifiably singling out the tobacco industry for discriminative treatment, which amounts to a ban on the right to trade in and or consume a legal product (tobacco and tobacco products).
However the respondents submitted that tobacco use has far reaching health implications since its the leasing cause of cancers and thus government has a duty to protect it’s citizens.
They added that tobacco has no importance to citizens since even the taxes generated from the business is three times the money incurred in treating the diseases they cause according to centre for tobacco control Africa 2017 report.

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