NAIROBI, BY EDDY NYADWA. – A lobby group advocating against tobacco use in the country has opposed British America Tobacco, BAT push for a three year tax holiday on local products of nicotine pouches, popularly LYFT.
According to Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA), the move is irresponsible, deceptive and injurious to tobacco control and other health policies.
The lobby’s Chair Joel Gitari says the multinational firm is calling for a violation of the World Health Organisation Framework convention on Tobacco control.
“Kenya is a signatory to WHO- Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that states that Tobacco should not be granted incentives to establish or run their business” He said.
BAT claims that nicotine pouches, LYFT are less harmful than cigarettes and should therefore be given a tax grace.
However, the treaty also states that any preferential treatment of tobacco industry would be in conflict with Tobacco Control Policy.
KETCA now wants the government to derigister LYFT for it is causing serious addiction among the youth. The lobby group also wants action to be taken against the Pharmacies and Poisons Board for unprocedurally registering LYFT.