According to the 2006 Uganda National Demographic Health Survey, up to 75% of Ugandans suffering from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) get the diseases as a result of use of tobacco and exposure to tobacco smoke. Advocacy for tobacco control has thus become a necessity in this regard.The increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) (particularly cancers, heart diseases and strokes) in Uganda is one of the significant health challenges facing our country, as well as an important health priority. The rise in rates of non-communicable diseases has been attributed to among many reasons high rates of smoking and poor lifestyle/dietary habits of Ugandans.
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