Delay in action against prohibited tobacco trade spells doom for UHC

Anti-tobacco activists during a demonstration in the Nairobi central business district on January 13, 2017, to petition the Ministry of Health to implement tough rules on manufacture, purchase and sale of cigarettes. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • UHC is one of the Big Four economic pillars that President Kenyatta intends to achieve before leaving office in 2022 after serving his second and last term.
  • Kenya made progress on tobacco control by enacting the Tobacco Control Act meant to control production, manufacture, sale, labelling, advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products and regulate smoking in specified areas.
  • However, the country still lags behind on effective tobacco control as a public health agenda because of lack of regulations.

The International Institute of Legislative Affairs (IILA) has warned that delayed action on government obligations in tobacco control will impede the realisation of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) plan.

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