FCTC Ratification: 20 February 2009
Entry into force: 21 May 2009
Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Gabon. Every year more than 500 of its people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 7,000 children and more than 112,000 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 Gabon'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.
8 men are being killed by tobacco every week
2 women are being killed by tobacco every week
14,700 women still smoke cigarettes each day
4,800 boys still smoke cigarettes each day
12,100 people currently use smokeless tobacco