Tobacco is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths globally. In 2002, Tobacco killed 4.9 million people, 50% coming from developing countries.This an average of one death every six seconds.It is estimated that, by the year 2020, the Tobacco death toll will reach 10 million with more with than 70% of this deaths in developing countries.Half of today”s smokers will die from Tobacco related causes.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO) smoking prevalence in developing countries including Kenya has been rising considerably. Aggressive investment and marketing by Tobacco industry, alongside passive or inappropriate national public responses, have been the main contributing factors to the phenomenon. In Kenya smoking prevalence was estimated at 19% and less than 2% in women. A survey of Tobacco use among school going children done in 2001 indicated that 5th of (18.6%) of students smoke; 18.2% of boys and 18.2% of girls.