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Tobacco Control Board Move To Stop Cigarette Smoking In Schools

Tobacco Control Board Move To Stop Cigarette Smoking In Schools.

The Kenya Tobacco Control Board has launched a public awareness campaign against cigarette smoking in educational institutions.

According to the board’s chairperson, Ms Nancy Gachoka, the campaign will take place in 24 counties, with teams educating youth about the dangers of drug abuse.

Mandera, Wajir, Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Nyeri, Murang’a, Nakuru, Baringo, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni, Nyamira, Kisii, Nandi, Trans-Nzoia, and Uasin Gishu are among the counties targeted.

Ms Gachoka, who presided over a one-day workshop in Machakos town, said smoking was prevalent among Kenyan youths in schools and outside. “Global statistics show that tobacco consumption kills 8 million people each year,” Ms Gachoka said.

She went on to say that 80,000 to 100,000 young people smoke cigarettes every day, and that people aged 30 to 60 accounted for half of all tobacco-related deaths.

According to her, approximately 6,000 cigarette smokers and users of tobacco and other related drugs die in Kenya each year. 

“During our campaign, we have, however, experienced some resistance from certain interests. But this will not stop us from achieving our goal,” she said.

Ms Gachoka regretted that parents who sent their children to buy cigarettes encouraged youth smoking. 

“The other most dangerous scenario is when some parents smoke cigarettes in their houses before the children, who unfortunately inhale the harmful smoke,” she added.

Cartels, she claims, work with students to sneak drugs into schools and lure innocent children.

“Most of the time, the cartels take advantage of the opening of schools to sell their merchandise to the students.” As a result, many students drop out of school, putting a strain on parents and the government.


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She urged the government to crack down on tobacco companies that advertise their products.

Ms Dorcas Kiptui, a Ministry of Health programs officer, advised against smoking in order to reduce cases of asthma, cancer, bronchitis, and other respiratory complications.

Tobacco Control Board Move To Stop Cigarette Smoking In Schools

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