Zambia signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on May 23, 2008 and ratified the treaty on August 21, 2008.
Every year more than 3,300 of its people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 56,000 children and more than 1,052,000 adults continue to use tobacco each day. Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic will ensure the tobacco industry continues to run roughshod over the lives of Zambia's citizens and ensure that tobacco's death toll will grow with each passing year. Tobacco control advocates must reach out to other communities to strengthen their efforts in this mortal fight.
43 men are being killed by tobacco every week
22 women are being killed by tobacco every week
45,000 people currently use smokeless tobacco