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    Tobacco Control

    Tobacco use continues to pose a serious challenge to ongoing efforts to prevent non-communicable diseases in Kenya. These include cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases and diabetes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Around 80% of the world's 1.1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries. IILA has been involved in tobacco control research, policy advocacy and capacity building, including drafting and advocacy for passage of tobacco control legislation at both national and county levels in Kenya for several years. 

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