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BAT raises cigarette prices on higher taxes in Kenya

BAT tobacco price increase is a great achievement for tobacco control in Kenya and Africa in general. The increment results in higher taxes impacting on consumer affordability. The WHO proposes at least 70% tax share of on consumer price https://www.who.int/tobacco/economics/taxation/en/index1.html, one of the strategies effective in combating tobacco consumption and the initiation by new users. This will positively influence public health as fewer individuals are exposed to toxins produced by the product. According to Otieno, the price increase took effect as of 02 January 2020. However, the Finance Act 2019 raised excise duty charged on cigarettes by 14.1% from November 2019.  In response to this amendment, one of the Nairobi listed firms state that this has fueled illegal activity from the neighboring countries. The industry may use the opportunity to release illicit products into the market and should be watched.

See the origional article by Bonface Otieno in the Business Daily here.

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WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use

WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use

The World Health organisation has launched the third edition of the WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025. The report shows among other things that world over the number of people using tobacco is declining, despite population growth. There has been a steady decline in any tobacco use for both males and females in each age group over the observed period 2000-2015.

The report also projects that the number of male tobacco users will decline from 2019 onwards. However concerted efforts still need to be made to ensure that this becomes a reality. According to the report current tobacco use rates in Africa among people 15 years and older is about 13%, for men being 21% and female 4%. The WHO’s news release can be viewed HERE and the FULL report can also be accessed HERE.

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