80% smokers live in low & middle income countries.
Mauritania has the world's highest rate of tobacco consumption- an average of 41 cigarettes a day
If we don’t do anything, it is projected that by 2100 one in four of the world’s smokers will live in Africa, or 336 million people total.
This means that 160 million Africans will die prematurely from tobacco related disease unless we take action now.
Tobacco companies spend billions of dollars each year to market their deadly products and get kids to start smoking in Africa.
43 African countries have signed a World Health Organization treaty to combat tobacco, and now they must all follow through by implementing strong tobacco controls laws before Africa’s tobacco epidemic grows worse.
Over 250,000 Africans die from tobacco related diseases in Africa every year
More than 3,089,700 children continue to use tobacco in Africa each day.
Over 1,105 women are being killed by tobacco every week.
Malawi derives up to 70 percent of its foreign exchange earnings from the tobacco crop and 80 percent of the country’s labour force works in the tobacco industry.
In developing countries, many of the poorest smokers spend significant amounts of their income on tobacco instead of basic human requirements such as food, shelter, healthcare and education.
28.7% of youth in the African Region bought cigarettes in a store.
48.2% of youth in the African Region are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke in public places.
59.1% of youth in the African Region saw pro-cigarettes advertisement on billboards.
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.