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Covid19 and Tobacco Briefing Uganda

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 briefing reports key results from a rapid response study set up to examine tobacco use and tobacco control during Covid-19, building on an existing multicountry collaboration, the Tobacco Control Capacity project1 led by the University of Edinburgh and partner institutions in eight countries in South Asia and Africa, including Uganda. The preparation of this policy brief was led by the Makerere University School of Public Health.

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