Kenya to use tax measures to control tobacco consumption

Centre Manager of Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), Jim Arinaitwe, said tax measures would be used to control tobacco consumption in Kenya. Arinaitwe said this at a news conference in Nairobi. He said taxation had been found to be one of the most effective tobacco control strategies due to its potential to discourage initiation to tobacco use at an early age.

The manager noted low tobacco taxes should not be viewed as a pro-poor policy because it will lead to greater tobacco use amongst the poor who will end up bearing a disproportionate share of the health and economic burden of the product.