For Immediate Release
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDING OF TOBACCO CONTROL REGULATIONS IN KENYA
Statement of Leonce SESSOU, Executive Secretary, African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA)
Lome, November 26, 2019
Today, the tobacco control community celebrates another resounding success as the Supreme Court of Kenya ruled to uphold the country’s Tobacco Control Regulations. The Regulations which mandate pictorial health warnings, smoke-free public places, protection of tobacco control policies from tobacco industry interference, products disclosure and the establishment of a tobacco control fund, was challenged in court by British American Tobacco (BAT) four months after its gazettement on December 05, 2014.
Since 2015, BAT has made several unsuccessful attempts to undo the Regulations, challenging its constitutionality in the High Court and then the Court of Appeal.
Today’s ruling in favour of the Regulations for the third and definitely the last time, proves that Kenya values the health and well-being of its people, and stands firm against the tobacco industry’s tactics to block or delay the adoption and implementation of effective tobacco control policies.
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