Democratic Republic of the Congo


FCTC Ratification: 28 October 2005
Entry into force: 26 January 2006

Every year more than 10,370 of its people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 324,000 children and more than 3,078,000 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo'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.

151 men are being killed by tobacco every week

48 women are being killed by tobacco every week

2,806,000 men still smoke cigarettes each day

272,800 women still smoke cigarettes each day

Tobacco Industry
British American Tobacco (BAT) and Congo Tobacco Company (CTC), a subsidiary of Mastermind Group, 
are the two main tobacco companies. In 2014, BAT closed its main manufacturing factory in Kinshasa and 
now imports cigarettes from South Africa and Kenya. Also present is Shenimed, a subsidiary of Japan Tobacco International (JTI).

AFRICA’S DEATH CLOCK

 

People have died from tobacco-related diseases in Africa since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.

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