In the effort to domesticate the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, popularly known as WHO-FCTC, Kenya enacted the Tobacco Control Act in 2007. Although after enactment it took almost a year to make the act operational, there have been efforts to rally towards the implementation of the act. The implementation of the act has been lauded and criticized in the same proportion. Those who laud the implementation cite various blatant violations that are no longer evident. Most of the criticism tend to look at the lackluster approach employed by the enforcing organs within the government in response to violations reported. However, a lot of achievements can be enumerated.
Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA), in the effort of ensuring proper implementation of the act and WHO-FCTC, has been carrying out capacity building training and workshops for county enforcement organs with the help of the Ministry of Health and the Tobacco Control Board. This training and workshops have seen hundreds of enforcement teams trained and members of various county assemblies sensitized on the same act. In fact, majority of these counties have gone further to formulate implementation and enforcement teams within their respective counties.
In order to determine the level of compliance with the ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at points of sale, KETCA in partnership with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is carrying out a compliance study in four counties namely: Nairobi, Tharaka Nithi, Kakamega and Vihiga.
Last Saturday, the 9th September 2017, KETCA conducted a one-day training for the data collectors from the 4 selected counties to ensure that the data collection exercise goes smoothly. This ushered in a pilot study to be conducted on Tuesday 12th September 2017 with the main study scheduled to start thereafter.