Tobacco use is deadly. Smoking kills up to half of all lifetime users.
Eastern Company SAE is the sole manufacturer of cigarettes in the country and holds 83 percent of the total cigarette market. Philip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco (BAT) both contract with Eastern Company SAE to produce PMI and BAT cigarettes. In 2008, PMI had 11.5 percent of the cigarette market and BAT had almost 5 percent. In 2008, over 75 billion cigarettes were sold in Egypt.
Egypt ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 25, 2005.
Smoke-free environments: Egypt has a national ban on smoking in healthcare, educational and government facilities, however the law does not include restaurants and bars.
Advertising, promotion and sponsorship: Egypt bans most forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
Warning labels: Warning labels are graphic and cover 50 percent of the front and 50 percent of the back of packs.
Tobacco taxes: Cigarettes are becoming more affordable in Egypt as prices aren’t keeping up with inflation. Tobacco taxes in Egypt are below the rate recommended by the World Bank (from 65 percent to 80 percent of retail price) that is commonly present in countries with effective tobacco control policies.
Youth Association for Population and Development (Egypt)
Directorate of Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Alexandria, Egypt
Ministry of Health and Population
Tobacco Taxes in Egypt
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The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation in Egypt
English | Arabic
By Khaled Hanafy, Ashraf Salah Eldin Saleh, Mariam Ezzat Badr Eldin Elmallah, Haidy Mohamed Amer Omar, Dina Bakr, Frank J. Chaloupka
Promulgating Labor Law — Law 137/1981 (Regulates smoking in workplaces)
Promulgating the Environment Law — Law 4/1994 (Regulates smoke-free areas)
Law 52/1981 on the Protection from Smoking Dangers (Regulates smoke-free areas and cigarette tar levels)