Zambia Tobacco Control Bill Petition
Thank you for your interest in building a healthier, soberer, and more productive Zambia that is free from the devastating effects of Tobacco.
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About the Petition
THE TROUBLE WITH TOBACCO
Tobacco is a killer. It destroys lives. It ravages the environment. It retrogresses economic strides. Tobacco of different forms endanger the lives of children and youths. And with the new products of tobacco many youths are lost to addictions and long-term ruin. Zambia desperately needs to enact the Tobacco Control Bill in order to curb the notorious repercussions born from the consumption of tobacco products.
Tobacco kills over 7,000 Zambians every year. That’s 7,000 loved ones taken from their families, communities and workplaces nationwide. Smoking injures the quality of life, kills you slowly but surely, wastes your money, affects those around you with second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke threatens non-smokers too.
WHERE IS THE BILL RIGHT NOW?
As at 17th July 2023, the Draft Tobacco Control Bill is still in the hands of the Minister of Justice.
When the Minister of Justice decides to hand-over the Bill through Cabinet it shall undergo 2 internal processing meetings within Cabinet then submit it to Parliament for introduction, readings and final enactment.
WHO ARE WE PETITIONING?
We are petitioning Government to hasten the bill process from cabinet to parliament. When the process is delayed it leaves loopholes which lead to compromise of the content and sometimes corruption of process agents. This has happened in many countries before, with the same Tobacco Control Bill process. The local experience points to similar traits for Zambia, considering that this bill has not come through to passing since 15 years ago.
Social Change Activist
Master Chimbala SURGE
Why this Petition? Check out these facts:
Statement in Video Picture
From KBN News – 17th July 2023
Civil Society Organizations are worried that Government is quiet about the Tobacco Control Bill. On the 17th of July 2023 KBN News covered a sudden visit by CSO representatives at the Ministries of Justice and Health where they delivered letters demanding for answers.
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