In continued efforts to implement the Tobacco Control Act passed in 2015, police over the weekend carried out a raid on various bars around Kampala confiscating Shisha pots and pipes.
The police who arrested over 30 smokers said that mass sensitization about the law had been done but people were still not respecting it. The law provides for stringent measures aimed at protecting both smokers and non-smokers from the health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco use and exposure. Anyone who contravenes the law which bans use of in addition to shisha, cigarettes, kubar and use of electronic cigarettes is liable to imprisonment of a term not less than a year or a fine of Shs420, 000 or both.
Shisha smoking which is a relatively a new trend is said to be lucrative for uptown bar owners.