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Four Things to Know About Tobacco in Africa

Long spared from lung cancer and other tobacco-related diseases, the African continent is in turn affected by the harmful effects of smoking.

This substance discovered by the researcher historian Christophe Colombe consumes Africa slowly. We decided to focus today on some tobacco facts in Africa.

1- The smoking rate in Africa

According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), the rate of smokers in Africa is 20%. That is a general rate of 18% for men and 2% for women. But this varies depending on the country.


2- Countries that prohibit tobacco advertising

These are the African countries that are fighting against tobacco use by banning direct or indirect advertising. These are Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Chad, Eritrea, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Niger, Nigeria and Togo.

3- Those countries that increase their economic figure thanks to tobacco

Several African countries have taken measures to over-tax cigarettes. The most glaring on the map are Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar where taxes represent between 70% and 80% of the selling price of cigarettes.

4- Mortality figures

According to WHO, 8 million people die each year from tobacco.


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