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Tobacco industry accused of 'intimidation and interference' in Kenya – 2 de marzo de 2015 – Kenya

More than 50 years after Kenya gained independence from British colonial rule, one company is steadfastly refusing to loosen its grip on power in the country: British American Tobacco (BAT).

The tobacco giant still controls 70% of the market in the country, which has the highest recorded smoking prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa, and where 10% of 13- to 15-year-olds smoke.

BAT’s desire to protect its share of the lucrative market puts it in direct opposition to the World Health Organization, whose groundbreaking Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force in 2005. All but two of the 47 countries in the WHO African region have ratified the treaty.

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