KEY FACTS

Population

Cameroon has a population of 24,053,727 according to 2017 statistics from the World Bank

Cameroon and the WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC signature: 13 May 2004

Date of FCTC ratification (or legal equivalent): 03 February 2006

Date of FCTC Entry into force: 04 May 2006

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 smokingAdult cigarette smoking
Prevalence (%) Current tobacco useCurrent cigarette smokingCurrent smokersDaily smokersDaily smokersDaily smokers
Male13.8 8.311.89.1 11.7 2.2
Female5.72.50.60.5 0.5 3.8
Total10.15.76.04.6 5.9 3.0

 Source: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017

TAXATION
Cameroon’s tax policy for tobacco products is not aligned with recommendations of the World Health Organisaton (WHO).
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SMOKE-FREE POLICY
In Cameroon, smoke-free policies exist only in health facilities, educational facilities and in university campuses.
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CESSATION
Cameroon has a toll-free smoking quit line/help line. Smoking cessation support is available in some health facilities.
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HEALTH WARNING
Cameroon requires graphic health warning labels covering at least 70 percentage of the surface of packs of tobacco products.
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COORDINATION MECHANISM
Cameroon 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
Some forms of tobacco advertising are banned in Cameroon. Partial restrictions do exist on promotion and sponsorship.
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