Civil Society Organizations have asked Kampala Capital City Authority to cancel operational licenses of bars and hotels which are not comply with the Tobacco Control Act 2015.

This call comes a day after police conducted an operation in which dozens of people were arrested smoking Shisha.

Smoking shisha and selling is a criminal after Members of Parliament resolved to legislate against it in 2015.
Shisha also known as a narghile or goza or hookah, mostly found in night clubs and pubs, is a water pipe with a smoke chamber, a bowl, a pipe and a hospital.

The law makes it illegal to sell or operate tobacco-related products or smoke a cigarette within 50 metres from any public facility or place such as a school or a hospital.

The Legal officer at the Uganda National Health Consumers Organization Moses Talibita says although the law is in place there is little or no deliberate effort to protect the public from the dangers of second hand smoke.

The same law makes it criminal to buy a stick of cigarette so that it is hard for children to access or afford it.

It is also now illegal for a person below the age of 21 to access cigarettes although according to the Constitution of Uganda, 18 years is the recognised age for an adult.