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Alliance roots for stiffer tobacco control regulation 

Jump to full article: Business Daily Africa (The Nation) (ke), 2010-09-29
Author: MWANGI MUIRURI

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Lobbyists have opposed cigarette makers’ bid for changes to the Kenya Tobacco Control Act 2007, saying smoking is a national disaster.

On Tuesday, the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (Ketca) asked the government not to budge on the rules in order to make tobacco hard to access, adding that 81.7 per cent of young smokers had confessed to having been lured into the habit through advertisements.

Some 13.2 per cent of the smokers had owned up to having received free cigarettes from tobacco companies during a marketing campaigns, said Ketca’s communication officer Lucy Anaya at a meeting in Nairobi.

“In such a situation, we can only hope that the government, through the Health and Trade ministries, will push for a tougher business environment for tobacco products,” said Ms Anaya.

Movement Against Substance Abuse in Africa (Masaa) executive director Peter Gaku said relaxing the regulations pauses health risks. . . .

The comments come in the wake of a meeting held last week between British American Tobacco (BAT) and Trade minister Chirau Mwakwere in which BAT chairman Evanson Mwaniki pointed out clauses that he said restricted marketing and promotion of tobacco products.

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