Kenya to include smoking cessation drugs as essential medicines

The Ministry of Health has been advised to add two non-nicotine drugs to Kenya’s Essential Medicines List, to help smokers quit tobacco and nicotine addiction.

The World Health Organization said the two drugs bring “a powerful shift in the fight against the tobacco epidemic.”

The two are bupropion and varenicline, which are more effective than the current cessation drugs, which contain nicotine.

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