Despite facing resistance from the tobacco industry, Uganda remains steadfast in its successful ban on the sale of e-cigarettes.
Uganda’s ban on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is seen as a crucial measure in the country’s fight against tobacco use, particularly among young individuals and those who have never smoked before.
E-cigarettes are devices powered by batteries that produce a vaporized solution for inhalation.
These devices, including e-hookahs, vaporizer cigarettes, vapes, and vape pens, contain harmful substances such as nicotine, acetaldehyde (a cancer-causing agent), acrolein (a weed killer that damages the lungs irreversibly), and diacetyl (a chemical linked to bronchiolitis).
The World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative, Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, emphasized the importance of this ban, especially considering that a significant percentage of young boys and girls in Uganda start smoking each year.
Dr Yonas highlights the urgent…