Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has declared the registration of nicotine pouches popularly known as LYFT illegal and wants them deregistered.
In a letter to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board CEO Fred Siyoi, Kagwe said the licencing of the pouches by the board was done contrary to the provisions of Section 25 of the Pharmacy and Poisons Act CAP 224.
The poisons board had registered them as a pharmaceutical drug.
The CS further notes that market surveillance has revealed that the product is dispensed in automatic vending machines contrary to the law.
“In view of the above, therefore, you are required to furnish the ministry with a comprehensive report on the criteria used and circumstances leading to the registration and licencing of the product under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act.”
LYFT is a nicotine pouche marketed by BAT Kenya as an alternative to cigarettes for addicted smokers.
The pouch is placed inside the mouth between the lip and gums for extended periods.
However, BAT has always maintained that the product is a tobacco-free modern oral nicotine pouch and is meant for the adult population.