KEY FACTS

Population

Sierra Leone has a population of 7,650,154 according to 2018 statistics from the World Bank

Sierra Leone and the WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC signature: –

Date of FCTC ratification (or legal equivalent): 22 May 2009

Date of FCTC entry into force: 20 August 2009

Prevalence of tobacco use

  Youth tobacco useAdult tobacco smokingAdult cigarette smoking
Prevalence (%) Current tobacco useCurrent cigarette smokingCurrent smokersDaily smokersDaily smokersDaily smokers
Male24.315.0---- ----29.4 26.5
Female19.010.8---- ----8.2 6.9
Total21.512.718.216.216.2 15.1

Source: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017

TAXATION

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

Sierra Leone does not have any legislation or regulation requiring public places to be 100% smoke-free.
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CESSATION

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

Sierra Leone does not have any legislation or regulation requiring health warnings on packs of tobacco products.
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COORDINATION MECHANISM

Sierra Leone 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

Sierra Leone does not have any legislation or regulation banning advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products.
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  • Legislation is not available
  • Sierra Leone Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) country report 2008
  • Sierra Leone-Western Area GYTS fact sheet (ages 13-15) 2008

ATCA CSO PARTNERS

  • Crusaders Club Ministry Sierra Leone (CCMSL)
  • Foundation for Democratic Initiatives and Development
  • Health For All Coalition Sierra Leone ( HFAC SL)
  • Foundation for Democratic Initiatives and Development

USEFUL LINKS

  • Ministry of Health
  • WHO Country Profile