About the Tobacco Control Data Initiative

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5% (3.4 million) of people over the age of 15 years in Ethiopia use tobacco products. Overall, 3.2% of people over 15 years old (2.2 million) smoked tobacco daily (this includes cigarettes, shisha, pipes etc). The prevalence of current daily smokeless tobacco use was reported at 1.5%.

Although some tobacco control data exist, they are usually only available in disparate sources (individual agencies, research institutions, private sector companies, or civil society organizations), and others are not easily accessible, which presents a challenge for stakeholders in the tobacco control sector. Some of the tobacco control themes that have emerged as priorities in Ethiopia include: enforcement of tobacco control laws, tobacco prevalence, taxation, industry interference, illicit trade, and economic and health burden of tobacco use and tobacco cessation.

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Development Gateway (DG), a non-governmental organisation that prioritises data for development, in partnership with the University of Cape Town’s Research Unit on the Economics of Excisable Products (REEP) is addressing exactly this problem by creating a website that collates and curates these disparate information sources. This portal is a product of the Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI) through a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It seeks to consolidate essential data and information collected through rigorous primary and secondary research. We are hopeful that this online resource will assist those involved in tobacco control in Ethiopia by providing quick and easy access to relevant data.

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We would like to thank our partners who participated in the TCDI assessment mission,  workshop, consultation session  or reviewed the content for this website.


Organizations that participated:


Ethiopian Food and Administration (EFDA); Ethiopian Public Health Institutes (EPHI); Ministry of Health (MoH); Ministry of Finance (MoF); Ethiopia Customs Commission (ECC); Ministry of Revenue; Civil Service Commission (CSC); Ministry of Agriculture; Ministry of Women, Children and Youth; Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Addis Ababa Food Medicine and Healthcare Administration and Control Authority (AAFMHACA)

INGO/ Civil Society

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), World Health Organization (WHO); Mathiwos Wondu-Ye Ethiopia Cancer Society (MWECS); Meqouamia Community Development Organization; Health, Development and Anti-Malaria Association (HDAMA); Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) 


Addis Ababa University, School of Public Health; Addis Ababa University, School of Mental Health; Hawassa University, College of Medicine and Health Sciences; Jimma University, College of Health Sciences & Medicine


If you have access to relevant tobacco control data that you would like to share with the tobacco control community, please fill this form.

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The information displayed on this website is obtained from multiple sources and has undergone a rigorous verification process. Despite this effort, the accuracy and validity of data/information cannot be guaranteed. The website should therefore be used for guidance only. The TCDI team, and the authors whom we reference, cannot be held responsible for how the information is used. Data calculations and sources for the analyses used in this website are located here.

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