KEY FACTS

Population
Rwanda has a population of 12,301,939 according to 2018 statistics from the World Bank

Rwanda and the WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC signature: 02 June 2004

Date of FCTC ratification (or legal equivalent): 19 October 2005

Date of FCTC entry into force: 17 January 2006

Prevalence of tobacco use

  Youth tobacco useAdult tobacco smokingAdult cigarette smoking
Prevalence (%) Current tobacco useCurrent cigarette smokingCurrent smokersDaily smokersDaily smokersDaily smokers
Male 13.33.0 10.2-----9.1 -----
Female9.50.9 2.2-----0.4 -----
Total11.51.8----------------- -----

Source: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017

TAXATION

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

Rwanda does not have regulation or regulation requiring a 100% smoke-free policy in public places. Consequently, smoking is unregulated in the country.
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CESSATION

Rwanda 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

Rwanda has a legislation or regulation requiring textual health warnings covering 30% of the front and back of packs of tobacco products.
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COORDINATION MECHANISM

Rwanda 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

Tobacco advertising is generally allowed in Rwanda. Some forms of tobacco promotion and sponsorship are barely regulated.
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