Covid19 and Tobacco Briefing Ghana
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected almost all aspects of life for much of the world’s population. Although evidence about who is most vulnerable to Covid-19 is emerging, very little is known about the extent to which tobacco use is a risk factor for Covid-19. In addition, how countries reconcile the need to progress tobacco control while responding to an infectious disease pandemic is unknown.
This policy brief reports key results from a rapid response study (the Covid-19 and Tobacco Project) set up to examine tobacco use and tobacco control during Covid-19, building on an existing multi-country collaboration, the Tobacco Control Capacity project1 led by the University of Edinburgh and partner institutions in eight countries in South Asia and Africa, including Ghana. The preparation of this policy brief was led by the School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology