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African countries need tighter controls to curb growing tobacco use

By Sam Filby, Research Officer, Research on the Economics of Excisable Products,, University of Cape Town
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Average global smoking rates have fallen over the past 12 years with the proportion of people aged 15 or older who smoke declining from 22.6% in 2007 to 19.6% in 2019.

However, tobacco use still poses a significant health, economic and social burden worldwide. In fact, some countries – mostly in Africa – are experiencing increases in smoking prevalence. The latest Tobacco Atlas shows that, globally, 1.13 billion people were current smokers in 2019. And…The Conversation


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