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Smoking in Ghana

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Ghana. In 2000 the prevalence was estimated to be 5%; this decreased to 3.6% in 2015, with a projected decrease to 3% by 2025. Men's smoking prevalence decreased from 10% to 7% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to decrease further to 6% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. Women's smoking during the same period remained low at just under 1% in 2000, and is projected to decrease to 0.1% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates are not age standardised, and were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

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Tobacco Harm Reduction: An Effectiive Tobacco Control Strategy

According to medical experts, smoking is destructive to body organs and public health. People who smoke end up developing lung cancer, colon cancer, brain tumour, etc. Every year, there are seven million tobacco-related deaths worldwide of which 80% are among tobacco users in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs) while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.