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WHO launches initiative to help 1.3 bln people quit smoking

Kampala, Uganda | XINHUA | The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday that it’s launching an initiative to help 1.3 billion tobacco-users worldwide kick the habit during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco will help people freely access the resources they need to quit tobacco, …

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WHO urging countries to revamp awareness on dangers of tobacco consumption

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  The World Health Organization (WHO) lists flavours appealing to young people in smokeless tobacco, Shisha and e-cigrattes among the latest tobacco and related industry tactics to attract younger generations.  They also list advertising and product placement on movies and social media platforms with paid influencers …

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MPs worry over new taxes on cigarettes

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Legislators on the Parliament Committee of Finance have expressed concern over proposed increase of taxes on cigarettes saying they will hit hard tobacco farmers and companies at a time everyone needs cushion to recover from coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In the 2020/21 financial, Uganda proposes …

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Parliament passes law restricting export of unprocessed tobacco

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Parliament passed the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Bill, 2020 scrapping taxation on processed tobacco restricting it on the unprocessed leaf for export. The Chairperson of the Committee on Finance, Hon. Henry Musasizi, in his report to Parliament said that the tax measures are meant to …

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Court halts implementation of digital tax stamps

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The High Court Commercial Division in Kampala has issued a four-day interim order restraining Uganda Revenue Authority – URA from enforcing the digital tax stamps. The development comes after Muwema and Company Advocates, acting on behalf  Sylvester Kamuli went to court challenging the implementation …

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Malawi tobacco pressured as US butts in over labour abuses

Blantyre, Malawi | AFP |  Malawi is being forced to confront child and forced labour practices after the US restricted tobacco imports from the impoverished southeastern African nation over allegations workers including children were being exploited. Although exports to the United States make up only a small part of Malawi’s total, …

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Riham and Leaf TC set the pace in Uganda with digital tax stamps

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Harris International (Riham) and Leaf Tobacco and Commodities have set the pace by being the manufacturers to commence stamping of their products using the newly introduced Digital Tax Stamps (DTS). Uganda on Friday started implementing a Digital Tracking Solution (DTS) for excise duty through the implementation …

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