The State With the Highest Cigarette Smokers in Nigeria

Only one out of every 100 men smoke a cigarette in Nigeria, while the number for the female smokers is so insignificant according to the Nigeria 2017 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey. Nevertheless, Delta state is where you are likely to find most male smokers. As they say “Warri no dey carry last! Sokoto, Edo, Oyo and Imo state trail Delta state in that order.

In Cross River state, you are likely to see more teen smokers than any state in Nigeria. So, if you are planning to work on Tobacco use and abuse, Cross River and Delta State might be a good state to start your campaign.

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Author: Oludotun Babayemi

I work on for profit or not - for - profit projects as a Project Planner, Grant Writer and Information Manager.11 years ago, I started Cloneshouse Nigeria, 10 years ago, I started Follow The Money, with a Colleague in 2012, a citizen-led movement that promotes social accountability in rural communities, which a year after, got registered legally as Connected Development [CODE]. In the past 7 years, I have evaluated projects on Water, Power, Education, Health, Disaster Risk in Nigeria, and West Africa countries with the United Nations and the Japan International Corporation Agency. Education and Fellowships include Stanford University, USA; Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; School of Data, Open Knowledge International, UK; USAID - Crisismappers. I Tweet @dotunbabayemi and am an email away at

One thought on “The State With the Highest Cigarette Smokers in Nigeria”

  1. Have you worked in Katsina State? I think you should do some checks there. Katsina state is one of the few states where the money for cigarettes is added to the groceries money for daily cooking and needs. It is not uncommon to find everyone in a home smoking..from parents sons and daughters. To stop the kids from pinching their cigarettes, parents have been known to add some extra for cigarettes…

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