The Kenyan government has declared LYFT illegal . Through the ministry of health, CS Mutahi kagwe said that the licensing was done contrary to the provisions of Section 25 of the Pharmacy and Poisons Act CAP 224.
In a letter to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board CEO Fred Siyoi, the CS wants the nicotine pouches deregistered.
“The nicotine pouches neither meet the descriptions of ‘Part I Poison’ nor “Part II poison’ as prescribed in the Act,” the letter reads in part.
“Further, the manner in which the product is sold to the public does not meet the provisions of Section 23 of CAP 244 as required,” it adds.
LYFT is a nicotine pouch marked by British African Tobbacco (BAT) – Kenya as an alternative to cigarettes for addicted smorkers.
The pouch is placed inside the mouth between the lip and gums for extended periods.