Tag - Kenya

How companies are moving into new line of stimulant products

KRA continues to bank on excise tax as one of its main revenue streams. In Summary •A research group from the University of Nairobi found that Kenyans are choosing unregulated and potentially dangerous tobacco and traditional oral stimulants. •This is despite safer alternatives being available on the market. Companies dealing in tobacco products are slowly moving away from...

Research: Kenya choosing unregulated tobacco over safer alternatives

A research group from the University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Medicine, has found that Kenya is choosing unregulated and potentially dangerous tobacco and traditional oral stimulants, despite safer alternatives being available on the market. A new report titled “Review of the risks and toxicants of smokeless tobacco and khat products available in Kenya” is a...

Tobacco farmers in Migori call for fair trade practices

The government is on the spot for doing little to address problems facing tobacco growing in Nyanza. Tobacco farming has been practiced in Kuria East and Kuria West constituencies in Migori for many years, enabling many families to cater to their basic needs. The farmers are now calling on the government to ensure fair trade practices...

Anti-tobacco lobbies fault State on tax

Local anti-tobacco lobbies have taken the government to task over its apparent reluctance to enforce tobacco control and taxation. This is on the back of new data that shows tobacco-related deaths stood at 8,100 in 2019 compared to road fatalities, which were estimated at 3,572. Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) Senior Policy Analyst Boaz Munga...

Kenya, Uganda rank top globally in enacting tobacco control measures

Summary The index by STOP — the global tobacco industry watchdog — shows that regionally, Uganda took fifth position while Kenya came nineth. A total of 31 countries registered a deterioration in the index partly due to the fact that many governments were short of public health resources during the pandemic, which forced them...

Kenyan doctors urge cigarette smokers to use safer alternatives

Kenyan and other African medics have issued a call through the African Harm Reduction Alliance (AHRA) to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to save millions of cigarette smokers by supporting safer alternatives. The call by the medics comes as the number of cigarette smokers continues to surge in Kenya and Africa, according to the Tobacco...

Tobacco firm donation to Covid-19 kitty costs Kenya

It sank Kenya’s ranking in the Interference Index; the law is against such sponsorships In Summary •At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, a tobacco firm contributed Sh10.6 million to the kitty that had been established by President Uhuru Kenyatta. •As a result, the Kenya Tobacco Industry Interference Index released on Friday by the Consumer Information Network...

We unpack what some African countries are doing about tobacco control

Rapid population growth, increased advertising by the tobacco industry, and growing tobacco consumption among young people in Africa all contribute to a projected massive tobacco-related burden of disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that one in five African adolescents use tobacco. The WHO also forecast a doubling of deaths related to tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries between 2002 and 2030. There...

Gov’t urged to implement the 2021 Tobacco industry interference report

The government has been urged to implement a number of recommendations made in the Kenya 2021 Tobacco Industry Interference Index Report. In the report by Consumer Information Network (CIN) , the government has been accused of failing to protect Kenyans from effects of Tobacco usage despite pressure from lobby groups. CIN recommends that the ministry of...

Kenya: BAT pushes to sell nicotine pouches, health advocates say No

Health promotion advocates want the ministry to uphold the current ban on the products In Summary •The CS in September last year declared the registration of nicotine pouches commonly known as Lyft as illegal consequently temporarily ceased being in the market. •The poisons board had registered it as a pharmaceutical product. Tobacco control lobbyists have called on the Health...