The World Health organisation has launched the third edition of the WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025. The report shows among other things that world over the number of people using tobacco is declining, despite population growth. There has been a steady decline in any tobacco use for both males and females in each age group over the observed period 2000-2015.
The report also projects that the number of male tobacco users will decline from 2019 onwards. However concerted efforts still need to be made to ensure that this becomes a reality. According to the report current tobacco use rates in Africa among people 15 years and older is about 13%, for men being 21% and female 4%. The WHO’s news release can be viewed HERE and the FULL report can also be accessed HERE.