KEY FACTS

Population

Botswana has a population of 2,291,661 according to 2017 statistics from the World Bank

BOTSWANA AND THE WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC signature: 16 June 2003

Date of FCTC ratification (or legal equivalent): 31 January 2005

Date of FCTC Entry into force: 01 May 2005

Specific national government objectives in tobacco control: Yes

National agency or technical unit for tobacco control: Yes

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Prevalence of tobacco use

 Youth tobacco useAdult tobacco smoking
Prevalence (%) Current tobacco useCurrent cigarette smokingCurrent smokersDaily smokers
Male 27.018.1 31.4 25.4
Female 20.510.94.9 3.5
Total23.6 14.3 18.3 14.6

Source: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017

TAXATION
Botswana has a tax policy for tobacco products but this is not aligned with recommendations of the World Health Organisaton.
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SMOKE-FREE POLICY
Smoking is restricted in some public spaces but Botswana has no legislation or regulation requiring 100% smoke-free public spaces.
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CESSATION
Botswana 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
Botswana does not have any legislation or regulation requiring health warning labels on the packs of tobacco products.
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ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, SPONSORSHIP
Several forms of tobacco advertising are banned in Botswana. The country has done very little to ban tobacco promotion and sponsorship.
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COORDINATION MECHANISM
Botswana has specific government objectives for tobacco control as well as a national tobacco control technical unit or agency.
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