Ethiopia, Addis Ababa (20 May 2022) – Smoking rates are rising among adults and young people in at least 10 African countries, according to a new analysis on tobacco use by a public health campaign group and US academics.

According to data from New Frontier Data’s Global Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook: Africa, the top 10 African countries that use the most cannabis are shown below.

Nigeria – 20.8million people

Ethiopia – 7.1million people

Egypt – 5.9million people

DR Congo – 5million people

Tanzania – 3.6million people

Kenya – 3.3million people

Sudan – 2.7million people

Uganda – 2.6million people

Madagascar – 2.1million people

Ghana – 2million people

According to the report, the number of smokers in Africa is continuing to rise since the population is younger, and young individuals take drugs at a faster rate than older people. Furthermore, according to a UN report on drug use released in 2021, the number of drug users in Africa is anticipated to rise by 40% by 2030.

The countries with the highest rates of use include the United States, Canada, Nigeria, and Australia, with over 15% of the population over the age of 15 admitting to using the substance. In Africa, Nigeria has the highest proportion of cannabis users.

Meanwhile, with 1.1 million, 1.2 million, 1.2 million, and 1.4 million users, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Niger, and Zambia have the fewest marijuana users in Africa.



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