Connect

Member Research and Reports

Member Research and Reports

East Tennessee Estimates the Prevalence of Adult Tobacco Consumption Choices in Sub-Saharan Africa

The tobacco industry has globalized and tobacco use continues to increase in low-and middle-income countries. A new study conducted by researchers at the East Tennessee State University College of Public Health estimated the prevalence of adult tobacco use in 17 Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries and found that the prevalence of smoking ranged from 7.3 percent in Ghana to 37.1 percent in Sierra Leone, smokeless tobacco use ranged from 0.3 percent in Zambia to 24.6 percent in Madagascar, and use of all tobacco products ranged from 8.1 percent in Ghana to 48.9 percent in Madagascar.   Researchers used Demographic Health Survey data for the years 2005 – 2010 to generate these estimates.  The study was led by Dr. Hadii Mamudu, an assistant professor in the department of health services management and policy, working in collaboration with former doctoral student, Mr. Sreenivas Veeranki, and with colleagues at the WHO and the Indian Institute of Technology, and was published in BMC Public Health in September 2013.