The Capetown Declaration: Human Rights and A Tobacco-Free World

Cape Town Declaration on Human Rights and a Tobacco-free World We, participants in the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, on 7-9 March 2018, and civil society organizations as well as individuals from across the globe, are firmly committed to promoting and protecting public health and human rights […]

#ChoreaShisha: Anti-Shisha Campaign Goes to the Grassroots

Towards the end of last year (2017) the cabinet secretary for health Dr. Cleopa Mailu made the headlines by the bold move of imposing a ban on Shisha. The gazette notice imposing the ban stated in part No person shall import, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, use, advertise promote or distribute shisha in Kenya Despite […]

Tobacco Taxation: Kenya & the Region Should not Bow to Tobacco Industry Pressure

Statement of Mr Joel Gitali, the Chairman, Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance May 14, 2018 NAIROBI, KENYA – The recent explanations made with regards to the reduced revenue collection from tobacco and alcoholic goods by the tobacco industry in Kenya are vague and inaccurate. The industry cites that the reduced revenue collection was due to 1) […]

Is it Time to Quit the Smoke?

If you’re one of the 80,000 Kenyan women who still smoke, this is a must read for you… Twenty six per cent of the Kenyan population are smokers, says the World Health Organisation (WHO). Men make up 24 per cent of the statistics – “Thanks to testosterone that makes them want to outshine each other […]

Why Tobacco Control Regulations are a Must for Kenya

Cigarette manufacturers, distributors and importers will not be allowed to put brand names or trademarks on cigarette packages and wrappers starting June this year. According to the new Tobacco Control Regulations 2014 published by the Ministry of Health on Monday, the cigarette packages will instead carry health warnings and pictograms on the front and back […]

Over 8 Billion Cigarettes are Smoked in Kenya

Over 8 billion sticks of cigarettes are smoked in Kenya every year, according to recent statistics from the World Health Organization ( WHO). This represents an increase given the statistics indicate that over 6.4 billion sticks of cigarettes smoked in 2013 in the country despite sustained anti smoking campaign by civil groups. Kenya Tobacco Control […]

97% of Kenyans Support Smoke-Free Laws

The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) conducted in 2014 indicated that there are over 2 Million adult smokers aged from 15years and above. The same survey also indicated that over 800,000 Kenyans are exposed to secondhand smoke which places them at the risks of NCDs as the STEPwise Survey launched in 2015 by the Ministry […]