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 is an average of one death every 6 seconds. It is estimated that by the year 2020, the tobacco death toll will reach 10 million with more than 70% of these deaths in developing countries (Mckay andErickson, 2002).
Half of today’s smokers will die from tobaccorelated causes. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the tobacco epidemic is now shifting to low and middle-income countries among men and increasingly among women (WHO, 2008)