The problem: tobacco data are not easily accessible
At least 3.2 million (3.4%) Nigerians between the ages of 15 and 49 used tobacco in 2018. Fewer than 200,000 tobacco users are women. Although cigarette smoking is the most common form of tobacco use in Nigeria, there are other unique forms of tobacco, such as emerging tobacco products, that are under-reported.1
Although tobacco control data exist, they are usually only available in disparate sources (individual agencies, research institutions, private sector companies, or civil society organizations), and some are not easily accessible, which presents a challenge for tobacco control legislation. Some of the tobacco control themes that have emerged as priorities in Nigeria include: tobacco prevalence, taxation, tobacco harm, industry interference, illicit trade, and Shisha use.
The solution: a portal to aggregate and collect new & existing data
Development Gateway (DG), a non-governmental organisation that prioritises data for development, in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP) is addressing exactly this problem by creating a website that collates and curates these disparate information sources. This portal is a product of the Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) through a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It seeks to consolidate essential data and information collected through rigorous primary and secondary research. We are hopeful that this online resource will assist those involved in tobacco control in Nigeria by providing quick and easy access to relevant data.
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The information displayed on this website is obtained from multiple sources and has undergone a rigorous verification process. Despite this effort, the accuracy and validity of data/information cannot be guaranteed. The website should therefore be used for guidance only. The TCDI team, and the authors whom we reference, cannot be held responsible for how the information is used. Data calculations and sources for the analyses used in this website are located here.
1. WHO – The 2018 Nigerian Demographic Health Survey was used to calculate prevalence rates. DHS data only looks at people between the ages of 15 – 49.