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State to crackdown on illegal Nicotine products

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The government has announced a crackdown on illegal Nicotine products and unauthorized medicines across the country.

Public Health Principal Secretary, Mary Muthoni, said the crackdown will be conducted by a multi-agency team which will comprise the Tobacco Control Board and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board.

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The PS noted that many respiratory and liver ailments including Cancer have been attributed to the use of non-approved nicotine products.

Some of these products are being sold secretly to school-going children by unscrupulous traders who hang around schools.

She issued a stern warning to those selling illegal substances saying their days are numbered.

In August last year, health advocates warned that Kenya faces a resurgence of highly addictive Nicotine products that had been banned by the Ministry of Health.

A survey conducted in Nairobi highlighted Nicotine pouches, vapes, e-cigarettes and various forms of chewed tobacco, as products that do not adhere to the Tobacco Control Act and its regulations.

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