KEY FACTS

Population

Benin has a population of 11,175,692 according to 2017 statistics from the World Bank

BENIN AND THE WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC signature: 18 June 2004

Date of FCTC ratification (or legal equivalent): 03 November 2005

Specific national government objectives in tobacco control: Yes

National agency or technical unit for tobacco control: Yes

Prevalence of tobacco use

  Youth tobacco useAdult tobacco smoking
Prevalence (%) Current tobacco useCurrent cigarette smokingCurrent smokersDaily smokers
Male4.73.310.8 8.5
Female2.2 1.60.6 0.5
Total 4 2.8 5.2 4.1

TAXATION
Benin has a tax policy for tobacco products but this is not aligned with recommendations of the World Health Organisaton (WHO).
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SMOKE-FREE POLICY
Smoking is prohibited in health care, educational and government facilities, and public transport. The national law requires fines for smoking.
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CESSATION
Benin does not have a toll-free telephone smoking quit line/help line. Smoking cessation support is available in some health facilities.
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HEALTH WARNING
Benin requires textual health warnings covering 30% front and back of cigarette packs. Rotation of these messages is not required.
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COORDINATION MECHANISM
Benin has specific government objectives for tobacco control as well as a national tobacco control technical unit or agency.
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ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, SPONSORSHIP
Tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited but there exist loopholes. Sponsorship by tobacco companies is restricted.
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