11 million risk of contracting Tobacco-related disease in Kenya.
At least 11 million Kenyans are daily exposed to second hand smoke at home, putting them at the risk of contracting tobacco-related diseases, another 10 million face the same danger at their places of work as most working stations have no smoking zone(s).
Medics are now warning that continued exposure to smoke will increase the risk of contracting chronic respiratory, diabetes, cardiovascular and cancer diseases. The exposure is also posing a great risk to unborn through maternal, prenatal and nutrition when pregnant mothers are exposed to daily smoke. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the total mortality rate from non-communicable diseases in Kenya stood at 27 per cent in 2014.
Dr Gladwell Gathecha – who heads violence and injury prevention unit at the Ministry of Health – says men are the heaviest smokers at 17 per cent while only 0.4 per cent women are smokers.
The first non-communicable disease survey titled Kenya Stepwise Survey 2015 further indicates that the poor are the heaviest smokers at 18 per cent while the rich constitute of 10 per cent. Thirteen per cent of the middle class are chain smokers.

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