KEY FACTS

Population

Mauritania has a population of 4,403,319 according to 2018 statistics from the World Bank

Mauritania and the WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC signature: 24 June 2004

Date of FCTC ratification (or legal equivalent): 28 October 2005

Date of FCTC entry into force: 26 January 2006

Prevalence of tobacco use

  Youth tobacco useAdult tobacco smokingAdult cigarette smoking
Prevalence (%) Current tobacco useCurrent cigarette smokingCurrent smokersDaily smokersDaily smokersDaily smokers
Male 22.117.227.223.2----- 11.7
Female20.516.8 4.23.2----- 11.7
Total 21.5 17.315.412.8-----6.7

Source: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017

TAXATION

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

Mauritania has a legislation or regulation banning smoking in indoor public spaces but does not explicitly prohibit smoking in workplaces.
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CESSATION

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

Mauritania has a legislation or regulation requiring textual and pictorial warnings covering 70% of the front and back of packs of tobacco products.
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COORDINATION MECHANISM

Mauritania 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

Mauritania has a legislation or regulation banning most forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products.
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