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Lobby Groups Expose Tactics Used By Tobacco Industry To Interfere With Regulations

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Anti Tobbacco lobby groups have exposed four tactics used by the Tobacco manufacturers to interfere with the tobacco regulation in the country.

A report released by three lobby groups have identified bribery of legislators as one of the main tactics used by the manufacturers to frustrate regulation.

The report by Consumer Information Network, International Institute Of Legislative Affairs and Tobacco Control and Health Promotion Alliance revealed that MPs have in the past bribed MPs reduce excise duty charged on tobacco products.

Consumer Information Network Samuel Ochieng further noted participation in CSR activities as the other way tobacco manufacturers use to frustrate tobacco regulation.

“We are launching this report today to expose tobacco industry interference to fight tobacco control policies to protect their profits at the expense of health. We know that they have bribed our MPs before to fight some of the tax policies imposed on tobacco products,” said Ochieng.

Ochieng says the report has also cited litigation as the other way the big tobacco manufacturers are using to delay implementation of the acts.

“The tobacco industry is known to interfere with regulation of tobacco products at various levels. Litigation is one of the industry’s tactics to delay or compel governments not to impose regulations,” said Ocheing.

They have also pointed out the use of attractive packaging of the novel tobacco products like nicotine to attract under age kids and school going children.

Other government agencies like the Nairobi Metropolitan Services and the Ministry of health were present at the launch.

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