By Ronald Kabuye
The tobacco control activists have spent the world no tobacco day comemorated every 31st of May cleaning Mpererwe market and sensitising the public about the existence of the tobacco control act that stops people from smoking in public among other provisions.
This year’s celebrations have been held under the theme “Tobacco breaks hearts, choose health not tobacco” was preceded with the awareness March in kanyanya, Mpererwe and surrounding areas cleaning up the cigarette buts by the ministry of health officials, civil society organisations officials among others.
Dr. Hafisah Lukwata the head of mental health in the ministry of health said the day serves as a reminder to all tobacco smokers that whenever they smoke they destroy their hearts and the veins that serve the entire body which at the end culminates into failure of body parts.
She said much emphasis is going to be put on those who smoke in public, work offices or places and who use children below the age of 21 years to work in tobacco products.
The state minister for primary health care Moriku Kaducu who was the guest of honor emphasized the need to deal away with tobacco smoking and products since they make more harm than good.
She called upon all government and concerned institutions to work together in implementing the tobacco control act.
Mrs Sophie Gombya, a musician and the ambassador for tobacco control act urged artists to desist from the habit of smoking and including tobacco products or acts of smoking in their videos or production since its now criminal.
Many told their unfortunate situation which came as a result of smoking.
it should be noted that tobacco smoking is the leading cause f heart, lung diseases, non communicable diseases and cancers and doctors get lots of hardship on operating patients with a smoking history due to the many complications they develop.