Tag - Kenya

Tobacco Farmer Shifts To Profitable Food Crops

When we visited a 45-year-old Michael Okong’o at his rural home in Gogo village, West Kanyamkago Ward, Uriri Sub-county of Migori County, the healthy green crops were all we could see. One could hardly tell of the poor climatic condition of the area, with most lands surrounded with rock boulders. Okong’o’s home, sits at the boundary...

Tobacco Consumption Slows In The West, Grows In Africa, Say Researchers

Cigarette smuggling has emerged as one of the most lucrative enterprises between Zimbabwe and South Africa, with border authorities seizing contraband worth millions of dollars in recent years. Last month, South African police confiscated cigarettes worth ZAR1,7 million (about USD105,000) from Zimbabwean smugglers who have taken advantage of porous border controls between the two southern African countries...

Kenya: Farmers urged to grow alternative crops to protect environment

The Kenya Tobacco Control Board (TCB) has added its voice to the initiative to adopt alternative crops in tobacco-growing areas, saying the growth of tobacco is a threat to the environment. Speaking in Kakamega Dr John Musau, a TCB board member, regretted that tobacco farmers were left with acidic and unproductive soils after years of growing the...

Ministry Of Health Intensifies Tobacco Free-Farms Campaign

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has intensified Tobacco Free Farms sensitization campaigns across 20 regions in the country ahead of World No Tobacco Day scheduled for 31st May this year in a bid to ensure reduction of tobacco-related deaths. Speaking to the press at the Agricultural Training Center (ATC) in the outskirts of Kisii town,...

Large Portion Of Youths Addicted To Tobacco, Study Shows

Preliminary findings have shown that tobacco use the usage of tobacco has remained prevalent despite the efforts done to avert the devastating health and environmental impacts of the drug. In a study conducted in Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa and Nairobi Counties since March this year, 3 out of 10 youths use tobacco showing with a majority of...

Kenya to commemorate ‘World No Tobacco Day’

Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache will lead celebrations to commemorate ‘World No Tobacco Day’ at the university of Nairobi, Great court.    This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies. Every year, more than 8,100 Kenyans die of tobacco related diseases, while more than 220,000 children...

Switching from tobacco to beans farming in Kenya

Migori, Kenya — Sixty-four-year-old Petalis Ouma has suffered chronic cough and chest pains. Lately, the chest pain has been worsening. He has never smoked a cigarette but cultivated tobacco for years in his home in Migori, a region in southwestern Kenya where tobacco is one of the primary cash crops. Growing tobacco has a detrimental effect...

How tobacco farms promote child labour

Tobacco production is a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Unfortunately, the cultivation of tobacco engages the labour of children in extremely dangerous environments, which has both immediate and long-term consequences for society. Tobacco production and consumption are public health issues with human rights implications. Tobacco is now produced in 125 countries, including Kenya. In a quest to...

Lyft ban puts at risk Sh2.5bn BAT plant

BAT Kenya #ticker:BAT says the government’s ban on its nicotine pouches risks the viability of its Sh2.5 billion factory in Nairobi whose construction has been ongoing. The new local BAT factory is eyeing to produce cigarette alternative products such as nicotine pouches under the Lyft brand to sell to Kenya and the African region. This comes...

MoH rolls out national drive against growing nicotine addiction

In Summary •The tobacco industry says these products are less dangerous compared to cigarettes, which kill at least 9,000 Kenyans every year. •Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance chairperson Joel Gitali told the Star they asked the government to ban these products. However,it did not happen. Health officials have agreed on a nationwide campaign against the threat of new...