The Toll of Tobacco in Senegal | Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
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Tobacco Consumption

  • 6.0 percent of adults (age 15+) in Senegal use tobacco products.1
  • Rates are much higher among men than among women: 11.0 percent of men and 1.2 percent of women use tobacco products.1
  • 5.4 percent of adults (age 15+) smoke tobacco and 0.7 percent use smokeless tobacco.1
  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 11.2 percent use tobacco products (boys 14.9 percent and girls 6.2 percent):
    • 4.5 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 4.7 percent and girls 3.1 percent), and 4.3 percent use smokeless tobacco (boys 6.6 percent and girls 1.8 percent).2

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

  • 30.4 percent of adults who work indoors (0.5 million) are exposed to secondhand smoke in their workplace; 28.8 percent are exposed in restaurants (0.2 million), and 14.3 percent are exposed in public transportation.1
  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 45.2 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke inside enclosed public places and 27.9 percent are exposed at home.2

Health Consequences

  • Every year more than 4,400 Senegalese are killed from smoking related causes.3
  • Even though fewer men and women die on average in Senegal than in other middle-income countries, still 57 men and 28 women are killed from smoking every week.3

Tobacco Industry

In Senegal, the market is led by Manufacture de Tabacs de l'Ouest Africain (MTOA) a part of the Imperial Tobacco Group (a subsidiary of British American Tobacco). Philip Morris International has a manufacturing presence in the country.

FCTC Status

Senegal ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on January 27, 2005. The treaty went into effect on April 27, 2005.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

For information regarding smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, and packaging and labeling, visit the Tobacco Control Laws website.

1 Global Adults Tobacco Survey, 2015.
2 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2013; National.
3 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2015. Seattle, WA: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, 2017

Last updated Aug. 31, 2017