Economics of Tobacco Taxation in Kenya

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Economics of Tobacco Taxation in Kenya

Following the signing and ratification of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in June 2004, Kenya enacted the Tobacco Control Act 2007 in October 2007. Article 6 of the FCTC on “Price and tax measures to reduce demand for tobacco products” requires parties to “adopt or maintain measures which may include implementing tax and price policies on tobacco products so as to contribute to the health objectives aimed at reducing tobacco consumption; and prohibiting or restricting tax- and duty-free tobacco product”. However, progress on tobacco taxation has been very slow and the prioritization of tobacco taxation issues a bit low. Despite the fact that enabling provisions exist within the Tobacco Control Act 2007, there is apprehension among the tobacco control community that “the government has failed to effectively use taxation as a tobacco control (or revenue generating) strategy”(ATSA, 2010).

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