KAMPALA-- Uganda has been named as one on the countries in Africa which t is contravening World Health Organization (WHO) rules on tobacco control and Ugandan tobacco laws as more schools in Kampala, Mukono and Jinja have shops around them selling cigarettes.

This was highlighted in a recent study conducted by the African Tobacco Alliance which says that tobacco companies are targeting schoolchildren in Africa by advertising and promoting cigarettes around schools.

The report reveals that a majority of schools surveyed have shops around selling cigarette displayed next to sweets and snacks. Countries which participated in the study included Uganda, Nigeria, Benin and Burkina faso.

In some countries, a majority of the schools had shops around selling affordable single sticks of cigarettes.

Deowan Mohee, the executive director of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), said a majority of schools surveyed are within 100 metres of kiosks which sell cigarettes, while many of the stores around the schools surveyed have cigarette advertisements.

Studies show that tobacco advertising and sales around schools encourage children to smoke. Previously secret internal tobacco industry documents released as a result of United States litigation settlements show that tobacco companies have purposefully targeted students and directed their advertising and promotions to stores near schools, he explained.

Uganda recently passed a Tobacco Control law prohibiting smoking in public places and workplaces. Tobacco products such as shisha, electronic nicotine and smokeless or flavoured tobacco products are also banned.

The law further prohibits young people below the age of 21 to engage in any tobacco-related work.