According to a recent report on tobacco use from a public health campaign group and US academics, smoking rates are increasing among adults and young people in at least ten African countries.
According to the report, the number of smokers in Africa continues to rise because the population is younger, and drug use is higher among young people than among older people. Furthermore, according to a United Nations report on drug use from 2021, the number of drug users in Africa is expected to increase by 40% by 2030.
Globally, the United States, Canada, Nigeria, and Australia rank the highest, with over 15% of the population over age 15 admitting to using the drug.
In Africa, Nigeria has the highest number of people that smoke cannabis.
Using data from the Global Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook by New Frontier Data, here are the top:
Nigeria – 20.8million people
Ethiopia – 7.1million people
Egypt – 5.9million people
DR Congo – 5million people
Tanzania – 3.6million people
Kenya – 3.3million people
Sudan – 2.7million people
Uganda – 2.6million people
Madagascar – 2.1million people
Ghana – 2million people
The African countries with the least number of marijuana users include Zimbabwe, Malawi, Niger and Zambia, with 1.1 million, 1.2 million, 1.2 million and 1.4 million users, respectively.