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Kenya to cut tobacco use by 5pc 

Jump to full article: Capital FM Kenya (ke), 2010-09-28
Author: SARAH WAMBUI

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With various research studies indicating that tobacco use in Africa would double over the next twelve years, the Kenyan government has embarked on an ambitious strategy to reduce the habit by five percent by 2015.

Dr William Maina, the Head of Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation Division of Non Communicable Diseases, on Tuesday observed that tobacco use in the country among males had already reduced from 23 percent in 2003 to 18 percent in 2008/09.

Dr Maina however noted that women were fast picking up the habit thereby increasing the need to enhance campaigns against it.

"So what are we saying here? We don't want people to relax and feel we are doing very well. Our aim is to gradually reduce smoking by five percent in five years so that we move to 13 percent," he observed.

He added that the government would put in place a framework that would jump start the tobacco cessation programme to support smokers quit the habit.

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