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This article talks about the launch of a National Tobacco Control Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 for Kenya. It notes that the plan ushers in a renewed fight against tobacco menace in the country and sets a roadmap for the realization of a Tobacco-Free Kenya.

Renewed Energy For A Tobacco-Free Kenya

Aug 08, 2019

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Globally, tobacco continues to kill more than 7 million people each year, which includes more than 800,000 passive smokers who die from involuntary exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. Unfortunately, 80% of these deaths occur in low-and-middle-income countries, such as Kenya, that are still grappling with communicable diseases.

The launch of the National Tobacco Control Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 ushers in a renewed fight against tobacco menace in the country and sets a roadmap for the realization of a Tobacco-Free Kenya.

The plan is aligned with the World Health Organization’s MPOWER strategies and sets out three key pillars that are aimed at:

  • Demand reduction
  • Supply reduction
  • Governance and coordination of tobacco control in the country

The National strategy clearly outlines the role of various actors in ensuring the underlying vision of a tobacco-free Kenya is achieved. The civil society organizations (CSOs), which plays a complementary role is set out to:

  • Raise alarms on malpractices in tobacco control activities
  • Ensure accountability at all levels
  • Advocate on various TC related issues
  • Carry out sensitization programmes with target groups
  • Provide professional and technical support
  • Generate evidence for advocacy
  • Engage communities at different levels
  • Support the development of legislation
  • Conduct public health education

Source: KETCA