Kenya : New year brings stronger tobacco control measures

The Tobacco Control Regulations, 2014, published in Kenya Gazette on 5 December 2014 strengthens implementation of the WHO FCTC in Kenya in several areas, further adding to the strong tack record of Kenya in its implementation of the FCTC since its ratification in 2004.

The new requirements of the Regulations, due to enter into force upon the expiry of six months from the date of its publication in the Gazette, include, among others, the following:

  • Packages of all tobacco products shall display pictorial health warnings as presented in the Schedule to the act ; they shall also display a code marking, through which the place and the date of manufacture and the country of origin may be determined ;
  • Regulates reporting requirements for the manufacturers and importers of tobacco products ;
  • With a view to preventing exposure to tobacco smoke of citizens, calls for a complete ban of smoking in outdoor areas such as streets, walkways, verandas adjacent to a public place, and smoking will also be banned in private vehicles carrying children ;
  • Regulates interactions with the tobacco industry.


For more information please see : (text of the Regulations)


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