(Xinhua) -- Kenya has announced plans to integrate
tobacco control into the training institutions curriculum, an
official said on Friday.
Dorcas Kiptui, the Head of Tobacco
Control Unit in the Ministry of Health, said the
government intends to introduce the subject into all
tertiary institutions curriculum by the end of this
“We have already incorporated tobacco
control teaching in the primary and secondary schools
curriculum in collaboration the Ministry of Education,”
she said during the launch of a study on tobacco
advertising, promotion product display in the country.
Kiptui revealed that the government
has also incorporated the subject into the curriculum
within the health sector, particularly for dentists,
medical and clinical officers.
“It is clear from the findings of
various studies that increased awareness through
education has the long term consequences on those
abusing certain tobacco products,” she noted.
She observed that consumption of
tobacco products is in the increase in Kenya and other
developing countries, hence the need to incorporate
tobacco control to help alleviate health related
A study that was done late last year
found out that tobacco advertising and promotions are
still prevalent in some parts of the country despite a
ban on advertising and promotion of all tobacco
“Of the 400 tobacco vendors we visited
in this study, we observed a form of advertising and
promotion in 393 vendors,” Salome Nyambura, the lead
Nyambura revealed that of the total
observation of advertising and promotion, over half were
for cigarettes while the remaining advertisements were
on shisha products.
She said pervasiveness of tobacco
product displays exposes consumers to tobacco products
that work against existing tobacco laws.
Joel Gitali, the Chairman of Kenya
Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA) said that given the
evidence from this study, it is clear that in spite of
the bans on tobacco advertising and promotion, product
displays are direct form of marketing that remains
pervasive throughout the country.
Gitali said the government officials
must take action to help enforce the law against people
found breaking the law.