Smoking prevalence and tobacco control measures in Kenya, Uganda, the Gambia and Liberia: a review [Review article]
METHODS: We conducted a computerised search of PubMed to identify published estimates of smoking prevalence in Kenya, the Gambia, Uganda and Liberia. We also reviewed tobacco control measures in each country using information provided by the respective health departments.
RESULTS: We noted a high prevalence of smoking in Kenya, Uganda and the Gambia. There were no published data on tobacco use prevalence for Liberia. Tobacco control measures were inadequate.
CONCLUSION: Standardised prevalence studies involving general populations should be conducted. Tobacco control efforts need to be reinforced.
Document Type: Review Article
Affiliations: 1: Kenya Association for Prevention of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (KAPTLD), Nairobi, Kenya 2: Medical Research Council Laboratories, Basse, the Gambia 3: Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis, California, USA
Publication date: 2009-02-01
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