December 12, 2002
The Environmental Action Network (TEAN) sent exciting news yesterday announcing a High Court victory in Uganda declaring smoking in public places a violation of non-smokers` constitutional rights to life and to a clean and healthy environment.
(See TEAN`s message below.)
Since 2000, E-LAW U.S. and E-LAW advocates around the world have worked to give TEAN the legal and scientific information needed to strengthen the case about a product that kills when used as directed!
Attorney Phillip Karugaba of TEAN said: "The E-LAW network provided the case law that TEAN used to support its effort as well as various opinions at different stages of the case. In addition to the points on secondhand smoke, this case opens the flood gates to public interest litigation in Uganda."
E-LAW U.S. congratulates TEAN!
As tobacco companies pour their products into Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe, lawyers in the E-LAW network are working to protect citizens in their home countries.
Copy of TEAN Letter to E-LAW U.S.
Subject: UGANDA GOES SMOKE FREE BY 2004
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 21:15:30 +0300
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that this afternoon our non-smokers rights case came to a favourable end. High Court Judge J.H Ntagoba PJ, entered declarations that smoking in public places was a violation of non-smokers rights to life and to a clean and healthy environment.
He further ordered the National Environment Management Authority to make regulations to prohibit smoking in public places within one year.
I thank you all kindly for the support and encouragement that you have given us. We now have solid building blocks to make Uganda smoke free by the year 2004. There is still lots to do and we still need your help. Don`t pop the corks yet.
God bless you all.
Phillip Karugaba for TEAN