Smoking is dangerous
Posted Thursday, October 31 2013 at 02:00
I applaud World Health Organisation (WHO) for its efforts to reduce smoking in the country by increasing taxes levied on cigarettes as a way of curbing tobacco which has been a threat to people’s lives, the current tax levy on tobacco companies is not helpful while prices of other goods are increasing. Research done in Uganda shows that the average Ugandan child starts smoking at the age of 13.
Tobacco companies are giving people incentives to continue smoking which explains why children as young as 13 years of age can buy a cigarette. Uganda’s taxation rate on tobacco is 37 per cent against 70 per cent, which is recommended by the World Bank and WHO.
So there is need to increase the tax so as to match with other countries like Kenya which is at 50 per cent. According to the study conducted by WHO and the Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa, in Uganda, prices of various cigarette brands have remained the same for the last five years.
Although people know the impact of smoking, for example, suffering from lung cancer, and other related diseases, they still insist on smoking. I prop up WHO on their appeal to increase taxes on cigarettes. In conclusion, I appeal to my fellow Ugandans to treasure their own lives and not to put it in danger.