KEY FACTS

Population

South Africa has a population of 57,779,622 according to 2018 statistics from the World Bank

South Africa and the WHO FCTC

Date of FCTC signature: 16 June 2003

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

Date of FCTC entry into force: 18 July 2005

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

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

South Africa does not have legislation or regulation requiring 100% smoke-free public places but smoking is regulated in the country.
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CESSATION

South Africa has a toll-free smoking quit line/help line. Smoking cessation support is available in most parts of the country.
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HEALTH WARNING

South Africa requires textual health warnings covering 20% (combined) of the front and back of packs of tobacco products.
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COORDINATION MECHANISM

South Africa 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

South Africa has legislation or regulation banning some forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products.
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