Traditional biomass energy is an important source of cooking energy for majority of people in the Tamale North Sub-Metropolitan area. It remains the main source of cooking energy for a large proportion of the population in spite of the availability of modern fuels such as LPG. Various reasons account for this phenomenon. This paper analyses the various reasons that account for the over reliance on the traditional biomass for cooking in the Tamale North Sub-Metropolitan area. Simple random sampling technique was applied to sample communities within the study area while stratified sampling in conjunction with availability sampling was used to collect data from a total of 300 respondents consisting of heads of households and food vendors.