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New report outlines continued illegalities in sale of nicotine pouches in Kenya

A new report has uncovered serious violations of the Kenya Tobacco Control Act in the introduction, promotion, and continued sale of the highly-addictive nicotine pouches in Kenya. According to the report titled: ‘Assessment Report on the Tobacco Industry Interference with the Regulation of Novel Tobacco Products in Kenya.’ The Kenyan market is now littered with...

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...

Health Ministry urged to operationalise Tobacco Control Fund

The Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA) is urging the Ministry of Health to operationalise the Tobacco Control Fund and add two new non-nicotine tobacco cessation medicines to Kenya’s 2022 essential medicines list. KETCA is also calling upon the government to hasten measures to control the use of harmful tobacco substances in Kenya, including the nicotine...

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...

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...

Kenya: Lobby wants tobacco control laws enforced to curb rising burden of NCDs

A lobby has called on the government to come out and enforce tobacco control laws as a way of preventing the growing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in the country. The Tobacco Control Alliance has also demanded that the Tobacco Control Fund be operationalized so as to enhance tobacco control in the country.  KETCA chairman Joel Gitali...

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