TAX ADJUSTMENT PROPOSAL FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2018/2019 Action: REINTRODUCTION OF A FLAT EXCISE TAX RATE FOR TOBACCO PRODUCTS IN KENYA (Effective Implementation of Article 6 of the WHOFCTC and Its Guidelines) Outcome: PROMOTING PUBLIC HEALTH AND INCREASING GOVERNMENT REVENUE (A win-win policy action) PRESENTED TO THE NATIONAL TREASURY ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ THE PROBLEM AND RECOMMENDATIONS [...]
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death, disease and disability resulting in 7 million deaths yearly in the world with approximately 890,000 of these deaths occurring as result of exposure to second hand tobacco smoke . In Kenya, 2.5 million adults (11.6% of the population) currently use tobacco products (19.1% of men and [...]
There are currently 81 psychiatrists for a population of 41.6 million Kenyans. Most of these are in private practice with around 25 psychiatrists located in the public sector and even then are concentrated within urban areas. Quite frankly, the treatment gap on mental health in Kenya is dire. With attention principally focused on communicable diseases, [...]
According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2014, the current smoking prevalence in Kenya is 15.1% among men and 0.8% among women with the national average of 7.8%. Daily cigarette smokers are 11.6% among men and 0.6% among women (GATS, 2014). With a 7.8% smoking prevalence, 42.927 million people and 58.1% of the total population [...]
BACKGROUND The right to the highest attainable standard of health is enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya as well as other national policy documents such as Vision 2030; the blue print for Economic, Social and Political development; as well as Regional and Global Treaties and Conventions that the country is signatory to such as [...]
Governments have the potential to use tobacco taxes to manage consumption, raise revenue and promote public health. Of all tobacco-product taxes, excises are the most important for achieving the health objective of reduced tobacco consumption, since they are uniquely applied to tobacco products and raise the prices of these products relative to the prices of [...]
The most effective way to decrease tobacco use is to increase the price of tobacco products through tax increases. Higher tobacco prices encourage smokers to quit and prevent youth from starting to smoke. Download Full PDF
The briefing highlights the gender dimension in tobacco control, in particular it reflects on women’s health and tobacco control by addressing the ever increasing smoking rates among women.
This policy brief highlights key issues from the 'Economics of Tobacco Taxation in Kenya (2011), also published by ILA. The issues include the current status of consumption of tobacco products, current tobacco tax structure as well as recommendations on reforming tobacco taxation
This Brief highlights key issues from a qualitative study carried out by ILA on monitoring the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the country.