KEY FACTS

Population

Malawi has a population of 18,143,315 according to 2018 statistics from the World Bank

Malawi and the WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC signature: Malawi has not signed the WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC ratification (or legal equivalent): Malawi has not ratified the WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC entry into force: Malawi is not a party to the WHO FCTC

Prevalence of tobacco use

  Youth tobacco useAdult tobacco smokingAdult cigarette smoking
Prevalence (%) Current tobacco useCurrent cigarette smokingCurrent smokersDaily smokersDaily smokersDaily smokers
Male 16.75.818.0-----17.616.8
Female 11.41.01.2----- 0.4 0.1
Total14.2 3.5--------------------

Source: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017

TAXATION

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

Malawi does not have any legislation or regulation requiring 100% smoke-free environments. Smoking is not regulated in the country
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CESSATION

Malawi 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

Malawi does not have any legislation or regulation requiring pictorial health warning on the packs of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
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COORDINATION MECHANISM

Malawi does not have specific government objectives for tobacco control nor a national tobacco control technical unit or agency.
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ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, SPONSORSHIP

Malawi does not have any legislation or regulation banning advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products.
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