Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has made progress on tobacco control in recent years. However, people continue to die and become sick needlessly, and the costs to society from tobacco use continue to mount.  Burkina Faso can still do more to make the proven tobacco control tools work for its citizens’ wellbeing.

ISSUES

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Burkina Faso. Every year, more than 4800 of its people are killed by tobacco-caused disease. Still, more than 12000 children (10-14 years old) and 1645000 adults (15+ years old) continue to use tobacco each day. Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic insulates the tobacco industry in Burkina Faso and ensures that tobacco’s death toll will grow every year. Tobacco control advocates must reach out to other communities and resources to strengthen their efforts and create change.

Smoking Deaths

ADULT SMOKING (15+ Y.O.)

using tobacco daily: 2015

30.5%

More men smoke in Burkina Faso than on average in low-HDI countries.

CHILDREN SMOKING(10–14 Y.O.)

% using tobacco daily: 2015

0.72%

More boys smoke in Burkina Faso than on average in low-HDI countries.

DEATHS
% caused by tobacco: 2016

4.24%
Even though fewer men die from tobacco in Burkina Faso than on average in low-HDI countries, tobacco still kills 66 men every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

ADULT SMOKING (15+ Y.O.)

% using tobacco daily: 2015

3.5%
More women smoke in Burkina Faso than on average in low-HDI countries.

CHILDREN SMOKING (10–14 Y.O.)

% using tobacco daily: 2015

0.35%
More girls smoke in Burkina Faso than on average in low-HDI countries.

DEATHS
% caused by tobacco: 2016

1.83%
Even though fewer women die from tobacco in Burkina Faso than on average in low-HDI countries, tobacco still kills 27 women every week, necessitating action from policymakers.