COVID-19 and Tobacco Industry Interference in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic setbacks and death while ravaging the health systems of nations around the world. These devastating effects are occurring at a time when tobacco use remains the single preventable cause of death and disease globally.

Tobacco use kills about 8 million people around the world annually. The tobacco industry has taken advantage of COVID-19 period to interfere in policy through several tactics and manoeuvres.

This study, conducted in 2021, explored how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on tobacco control in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), as well as how the tobacco industry exploited the pandemic to promote its agenda.

It also highlights how civil society organizations (CSOs), governments and other stakeholders responded to the threat posed by industry activities to tobacco control in the continent.

Access the Report.