In East Africa, the tobacco industry, including British American Tobacco, has been putting pressure on local governments over some of the regulations attempting to curb smoking.
BAT says it is not against all regulation but from “time to time” needs to challenge it. BAT Kenya is currently taking a legal case to the country’s supreme court over some regulations.
Every year more than 6,000 Kenyans are killed by tobacco-linked diseases, part of what the World Health Organization calls the“biggest public health threats the world has ever faced”. Campaigners say the industry is developing its African market and sees new potential customers as populations and prosperity grow there.
David Levene spent some time documenting the country’s smoking culture in Nairobi, noticing the prevalence of cigarette brands in daily life. This collection is gathered from his walks through the city.
Facts from Tobacco Atlas.