Kariuki’s research discovered that two-thirds of Kenyans who smoke wish to give up and use hurt discount merchandise like nicotine pouches or vapes/e-cigarettes. Sadly final 12 months, nicotine pouches had been banned regionally.
Discussing the ban on the Africa Tobacco Hurt Discount Discussion board hosted by the Marketing campaign for Safer Alternate options (CASA) tobacco hurt discount consultants highlighted that the ban put a stumbling block within the smoking cessation journey of 1000’s.
“By lagging behind the remainder of the world in its stance on tobacco hurt discount (THR), the Kenyan authorities is obstructing the escape from tobacco-related illness and dying for 30,000 people who smoke a 12 months, with no probability of reprieve,” stated CASA Chairman Joseph Magero in the course of the webinar.
“Kenya’s ongoing ‘give up or die’ tobacco management coverage ignores the truth that too many people who smoke discover it unimaginable to give up, even once they wish to. Lowered hurt merchandise resembling e-cigarettes and oral nicotine pouches give them a a lot safer various, a route away from cigarettes and a greater probability of a smoke-free future.”
Kenya’s dire want for the provision of safer nicotine various merchandise
Nicotine pouches are tea bag-like pouches that are positioned underneath the higher lip for about 15 to half-hour relying on one’s most well-liked nicotine dose. Whereas much like snus, they’ve the additional benefit of being tobacco-free, odour-free, in contrast to snuff they don’t require spitting.
In the meantime, Dr Michael Kariuki stated that his curiosity within the tobacco hurt discount/ smoking cessation enviornment is because of the truth that as a medical practitioner for over 15 years, he has witnessed the smoking cessation wrestle firsthand. “The addictive product in cigarettes is nicotine, nevertheless, what kills persons are the opposite carcinogenic merchandise which might be medically known as Group 1 human carcinogens,” he defined as quoted by Tuko.