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MAKING TOBACCO TAXES WORK FOR KENYA: PROPOSALS FOR THE NATIONAL BUDGET 2019/2020

By | 2019-06-13T13:01:13+00:00 June 13th, 2019|County News, Factsheets, IILA Publications, Policies, Policy Briefs, Tobacco Control|

The current cigarette tax structure (two-tiers of Ksh. 2,630 per mille for cigarette with filters and Ksh. 1,893 per mille for plain cigarettes is problematic & does not align with public health objectives of reducing consumption of tobacco products: The rates fall way below the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended and therefore promote affordability of [...]

IILA Tobacco Tax Proposals for FY 2018/19

By | 2018-03-28T16:00:31+00:00 March 14th, 2018|IILA Publications, Policy Briefs, Tobacco Control|

 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 [...]

Meddling in Taxes? Uncovering Industry Interference in Tobacco Tax and price policies in Kenya

By | 2018-03-16T16:03:21+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Policy Briefs, Tobacco Control|

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 [...]

Mental Health in Kenya from Whispers to Awareness

By | 2018-03-16T16:03:27+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Bills, Mental Health, Policy Briefs|

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, [...]

Taxation of the Tobacco Industry in Kenya – A Case for Excise Duty

By | 2018-03-16T16:03:27+00:00 November 1st, 2015|IILA Publications, Policy Briefs, Tobacco Control|

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 [...]

Excise Duty Bill 2015 Information Brief

By | 2018-03-16T16:03:28+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Notices, Policy Briefs, Tobacco Control|

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 [...]

Increase Excise Tax Rates For Tobacco Products In Kenya

By | 2018-03-16T16:03:31+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|IILA Publications, Policy Briefs, Tobacco Control|

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 [...]

Policy Brief: Tobacco Taxes in Kenya

By | 2018-03-16T16:03:31+00:00 February 18th, 2015|IILA Publications, Legislative Digest, Policy Briefs, Public Health, Tobacco Control|

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

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