It is Time to make the difference!
Dear Mr. President and Members of Parliament
Enact The Tobacco Control Bill
Save Zambia from Tobacco
DATE: Wednesday, 18th July 2023.
Dear President Hakainde Hichilema,
Minister of Health,
Minister of Justice,
And Members of Parliament,
Thank you very much for taking the time to read through this statement.
My name is Master Chimbala, a Zambian citizen working among children, youths, families and communities. I am part of the several organizations and individuals advocating for the enactment of the Tobacco Control Bill, a legislative product of the World Health Organization – Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC). Zambia ratified the WHO-FCTC in May of 2008, committing to put into effect the aspirations of the same through the Tobacco Control Bill enactment and implementation.
In Zambia Tobacco kills over 7,000 people every year while accounting for over K2.8 billion Kwacha in annual loses. It is a notorious substance which requires legislative control especially to help protect consumers, mainly children and youths.
President Hakainde Hichilema, I am grateful for your commitment to the Zambian youths and children, for your desire to protect and save the environment, for your aspiration to enhance Zambian lives, and for your thrust at delivering social protection and development for all Zambians. We are inspired by all that in seeking your office to foster the enactment of the Tobacco Control Bill, and save Zambian lives.
Mr. President, we have pursued and achieved good interactions with some cabinet ministers and members of parliament seeking for their support towards the enactment of the bill. We are grateful for their courtesy and accommodation thus far.
Mr. President and All Our Members of Parliament, it has been 15 years since Zambia signed the World Health Organization Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) and still the Bill is STUCK.
The benefits of enacting the Tobacco Control Bill have been highly pronounced and embraced by key leaders and global experts in health, economics, environment, governance, faith, education, health-insurance, politics, agriculture, nutrition and more.
Tobacco injures strides towards the delivery of social Protection programmes and services. An ailing citizenry is less productive, unhealthy, suffering, and unfortunately encounter premature death. Zambia spends over 150 Million Kwacha in treating tobacco-related illnesses every year. All these are anti-social protection tendencies in our society. The burden on service providers like NHIMA, hospitals, families, other health insurance agencies, health personnel and the general society is heavy and painful.
Hon. Sylvia Masebo, Minister of Health, emergency factors of life cannot be postponed for tomorrow’s discussions because Tobacco is killing Zambians EVERYDAY, including today. Please, Hon. Minister, as the sponsor of the Tobacco Control Bill, look kindly at the lives of the Zambian people and effect the necessary steps to get the Bill to Parliament.
Hon. Mulambo Hamakuni Haimbe, Minister of Justice, I implore you, sir to discharge your diligent, compassionate, speedy and hearted hand of service to the Zambian people of this hour today and the future generations, by delivering your part towards the fruitful processing and subsequent enactment of the Tobacco Control Bill.
Fake and deceptive claims made by benefiting perpetrators have been clearly debunked on their claims of enhancing economic development, employment-creation, managed health-risks, and several more unjustified claims. Tobacco is deadly in all its forms. It does not offer sustainable jobs especially in the green economy as espoused by the HH Presidency, the UPND Government and the New Dawn Regime.
Please, consider further the next points on established facts about Tobacco, as you mobilize other people to stand with Zambia in building a soberer and more steadfast society.
Chief Executive Officer / Social Change Advocate
Master Chimbala SURGE
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The Message in Picture
Please, Save Zambia from Tobacco!