Lobby Group Wants BAT Event Blocked

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The Kenya Tobacco Alliance has urged the government to block the upcoming Inter Universities Competition organized by the British American Tobacco.

Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance has criticised the competition dubbed Battle Of The Minds as a competition aimed at sanitising the negative effects tobacco products manufactured by BAT have.

‘We understand that BAT company is undoubtedly using the “Battle of Minds” competition to promote its image and lure students into believing that it is a reputable and caring company. Far from it, Tobacco companies globally are known to produce products that kill their users when used as prescribed, ” said Gitali.

Gitali also states that holding the competition in Kenya will amount to breaking the Tobacco Act that KETCA and other stakeholders including the Health Ministry have championed for.

The Tobacco Act prohibits tobacco companies from engaging in CSR activities and also sponsoring events.

Battle of Minds is a local internship competition where local winners represent their country in a regional round.

The Battle of minds is a local internship competition where local winners represent their country in a regional round.

The winners of the regional round then get invited for the global finals that are set to be held in London in April this year.

 

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