Landscape of tobacco control in sub-Saharan Africa

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Landscape of tobacco control in sub-Saharan Africa

Egbe, C.O., Magati, P., Wanyonyi, E., Sessou, L., Owusu-Dabo, E. and Ayo-Yusuf, O.A., 2022

Given sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) rapidly increasing and youthful population, growing incomes, and the increase in presence of the tobacco industry, the number of tobacco users is growing. The region is expected to face a heavier burden of tobacco-related diseases and deaths in the future. This study sought to examine the policy, advocacy, economic and media landscapes of tobacco control as well as tobacco industry interference in SSA.

It also highlights key challenges and priorities for intervention in the region. Noting that the vast financial power has enabled transnational tobacco companies to interfere in tobacco control and slow down policy implementation efforts in SSA.

The study concludes that despite the progress of tobacco control in SSA in the last 15 years, stakeholder efforts require collaboration to achieve the desired effects.