The proposed regulations, which are long overdue, effectively implement the live-saving measures already authorized by Parliament in the 2007 Tobacco Control Act.
Tobacco-related death and illness are preventable and the solutions to the tobacco epidemic are supported by ample scientific evidence of their success in Africa and other parts of the world.
Solutions to the tobacco epidemic are well-documented, effective and affordable. It only requires political will and vision to move forward with these solutions.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first-ever public health treaty, provides a framework and set of legally-binding measures to be implemented in countries that have ratified it.
Kenya is a signatory to the FCTC and is therefore obligated to fulfill its obligations under the FCTC by enacting and implementing FCTC-compliant legislation.