Lobby group calls for tighter control on sale of tobacco products

An anti-tobacco lobby group has called on the government to fully implement the Tobacco Control Act 2007.

The lobby also wants maximum enforcement of the law so as to deter sale of such products to children.

The government should fully operationalize the Act so as to be able to deal with those especially selling these tobacco product to children. The Act gives specific reasons why cigarette and other tobacco products must never be bought by underage children and must be sold in ten pieces or the whole packet. Joel Gitali (Chair Person Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance)

The lobby group accused the government of failing to enforce the Act and as such it is responsible for the high cases of Tobacco-related complications including cancer and heart diseases.