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US approves E-cigarette marketing as Kenya debates approach

This marks the first set of electronic nicotine delivery system products ever to be authorized by the FDA. In Summary • The FDA considered the risks and benefits to the population as a whole, including users and non-users of tobacco products, and importantly, youth. • Health CAS, Mercy Mwangangi, said that Kenya is yet to review its...

Kenya must step up bid to help smokers quit the killer habit

Nine in ten of Kenya’s 2.5 million smokers regret having taken up the habit, according to a report by the International Tobacco Control (ITC) in May. Yet it seems necessary support frameworks for smokers are insufficient or non-existent, with little effort made by relevant government bodies to help them quit. The Ministry of Health says smoking is a...

Kenya ought to lead with science in the control of tobacco

Tobacco smoking claims the lives of more than 8,000 Kenyans every year, according to the Tobacco Control Study released by the Ministry of Health earlier this year. Yet, Kenya is lagging in embracing the latest scientifically evidenced innovative and sustainable methods on how to help smokers quit. Non-evidence-based policymaking and misinformation are considered some of...

BAT disowns condemned ‘LYFT’ illegally in Kenyan market

The British American Tobacco (BAT) has disowned the highly addictive and nicotine-laced oral cigarettes dubbed Lyft being sold illegally in the Kenyan market. BAT Chief Executive Officer Crispin Achola disassociated the firm from the poisonous tobacco-free modern oral nicotine pouch being sold in the Kenyan market. The new development puts officials from the Kenya Revenue Authority...

BAT explores new export markets as Kenyan sales dip

British American Tobacco  (BAT) Kenya is seeking new exports markets to compensate for lower consumption of cigarettes in Kenya. The firm is targeting Djibouti, Madagascar and South Sudan with cigarettes, cut rag tobacco and tobacco-free oral nicotine pouches, Lyft. Sales from the Kenyan market dropped 13.8 percent to Sh11.6 billion last year on reduced consumption cigarettes...

Kenya: Thinktank says new law favours tobacco firms

The International Institute of Legislative Affairs (ILA) has poked holes into the Finance Act 2021, saying some changes in the law will favour tobacco businesses. The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) whose work is in policy and research argues that while the government is mandated to make laws that discourage tobacco intake, some aspects of the Act...

Misinformation, attacks from NGOs obstruct tobacco harm reduction in LMICs

Misinformation and attacks from well-funded international non-government organizations are among the key obstacles to the adoption of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and mitigation of deaths from smoking in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to health policy experts. Representatives from countries like India, Ukraine, Kenya, and Mexico enumerated the factors that are hindering LMICs from...

Kenya: National Treasury’s high excise duty on nicotine pouches is ill-advised

A proposal by the National Treasury to impose high excise duty on nicotine pouches is likely to make this alternative to smoking unaffordable to most Kenyan smokers. In his Budget Statement presented to Parliament on June 10, National Treasury and Planning CS Ukur Yatani had set the new tax at Sh5,000 per kilogramme. The net...

Kenya: Proposal To Tax Nicotine Products A Welcome Move

In Summary •Tax and price policies are known to be the most effective measures for deterring initiation of and continuous use of harmful products such as tobacco and nicotine products- also known as sin tax. •As we adopt fiscal measures on the emerging nicotine products, it is important to maintain and actually improve the fiscal measures...

Kenya: Experts welcome move to tax nicotine pouches

In the budget statement on June 10, 2021, Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Ukur Yatani noted that innovations in the  tobacco industry have led to the introduction of new nicotine delivery products,  such as Lyft. Yatani said: “These new products do not fall in the classification of tobacco  products existing in the Excise Duty Act...