KEY FACTS

Population

Eritrea’s population is about 5,351,680.

Eritrea and the WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC signature: Eritrea has not yet signed the FCTC

Date of FCTC ratification (or legal equivalent): Eritrea has not yet ratified the FCTC

Specific national government objectives in tobacco control: Yes

National agency or technical unit for tobacco control: Yes

Quite-smoking

Prevalence of tobacco use

  Youth tobacco useAdult tobacco smokingAdult cigarette smoking
Prevalence (%) Current tobacco useCurrent cigarette smokingCurrent smokersDaily smokersDaily smokersDaily smokers
Male 7.8 2.0 11.39.2 ----------
Female 4.60.6 0.2 0.2 ----- -----
Total 6.6 13.7221.8----- -----

Source: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017

TAXATION

Eritrea’s tax policy for tobacco products is not aligned with recommendations of the World Health Organisaton (WHO).
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SMOKE-FREE POLICY

Eritrea does not have any legislation or regulation requiring 100% smoke-free environments. Consequently, smoking is not regulated in the country
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CESSATION

Eritrea does not have a toll-free smoking quit line/help line. Smoking cessation support is not available in the country.
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HEALTH WARNING

Eritrea requires textual health warning covering at least 30% of the front and back of packs of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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COORDINATION MECHANISM

Eritrea 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

Eritrea has legislation or regulation banning most forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
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