3.5% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 650,155 current smokers in Ghana

6.8% of men are current smokers but only 0.3% of women

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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.



In Ghana, 5,012 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Ghana

HTP is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Ghana

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team


in Ghana

Snus is allowed.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Ghana

NRT is illegal to be marketed.