Kenya drops seven points lower in controlling Tobacco usage in the Country

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Kenya has dropped seven points in managing interference from the Tobacco industry in the country.

This is according to the Kenya Kenya Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2020 Report released on Friday 14th August. According to the index, the higher the points scored the poorer a country has performed. In 2019, Kenya had scored a total of 33 points.

The report was released by the Consumer Information Network, with the global industry report expected to be released in November.

This is the second time Kenya is doing the interference Index with the first one having been released in October 2019.

In this year’s report, there has been no progress in implementing preventive measures concerning Tobacco Industry and public interactions in Kenya since 2018.

The report also states that there has been no progress in establishing repository of information on the tobacco industry accessible to the public.

Following the current drop, the Consumer Information Network in partnership with KETCA recommends that Health CS Mutahi Kagwe develops a code of conduct in usage of Tobacco.

“One we would wish to see Cabinet secretary ministry of Health Honourable Mutahi Kagwe develop a code of conduct in visage with section 24 of the Tobacco control regulations 2014 and effectively implement the same. We would also want to see the procedures put in place that requires the disclosure of all the codes of transaction. We also recognize that section 34 of the Tobacco controls regulations 2014 requires that every public authority Involved in tobacco control submits annual reports to the tobacco controls board and we would like to see this done and the information made public.” Said CIN CEO Samuel Ochieng

During the virtual media briefing on Friday, KETCA and Consumer Information Network decried the continued use of Tobacco in the country saying that more and more youths are getting addicted to the product.

KETCA chairman Joel Gitali said the country is moving backwards in tobacco control and called on the government to implement various measures suggested by the report.

The Tobacco Interference Index is an index used to measure or review how governments are responding to influences from the Tobacco industry.

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