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Comoros

Harm

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Comoros. Every year more than 200 of it's people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 4000 children and more than 44000 adults continue to use tobacco each day. Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic will ensure the tobacco industry continues to run roughshod over the lives of Comoros' citizens and ensure that tobacco's death toll will grow with each passing year. Tobacco control advocates must reach out to other communities to strengthen their efforts in this mortal fight.

Deaths

% caused by tobacco: 2010

4.6% of Men

Even though fewer men die on average in Comoros than other low-income countries, still 3 men are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

4.7% of Women

More women die in Comoros than on average in low-income countries.

Tobacco use also...

Harms Development

Buying tobacco robs families of the resources they need to rise out of poverty. A smoker in Comoros would have to spend 8.9% the of national median income to purchase 10 of the cheapest cigarettes to smoke each day!

Harms Environment

Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. It is estimated that 1.69 billion pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash, which is roughly equivalent to the weight of 177,895 endangered African elephants.

Harms Equality

To find more customers, the tobacco industry markets its products aggressively to women and children.

Harms NCDs

People living with mental illness are nearly twice as likely to smoke as other persons.

Industry

The combined revenues of the world's 6 largest tobacco companies in 2013 was USD342 Billion, 100% larger than the Gross National Income of Comoros. The industry is a powerful force that does not fear the actions of nation-states because their resources are often much larger.

Market

Adult Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

18.1%of Men

Even though fewer men smoke on average in Comoros than on average in low-income countries, still 38600 men still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

2.5%of Female

Even though fewer women smoke on average in Comoros than on average in low-income countries, still 5400 women still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

13.5%of Boys

More boys smoke in Comoros than on average in low-income countries.

6.9%of Girls

More girls smoke in Comoros than on average in low-income countries.

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

5.4%of Adults

Even though fewer people use smokless tobacco on average in Comoros than on average in low-income countries, still 22200 people currently use smokeless tobacco, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Solutions

Current Policy in Comoros

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare FacilitiesYes
Smokefree UniversitiesYes
Smokefree Government FacilitiesYes
Smokefree Indoor OfficesNo
Smokefree RestaurantsNo
Smokefree Pubs and BarsNo
Smokefree Public TransportYes
All Other Indoor Public Places Smokefreen/a
Funds for Smokefree EnforcementNo

Offer Help

Quitting SolutionsNone
National QuitlineNo

Warn about the dangers to tobacco users on product packaging

Type of Warning Labels

Australia(best practice)

Graphic

Comoros

Text

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

83%

Comoros

40%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

Comoros

No Data

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

Comoros

No

Warn about the dangers to whole population in a media campaign

Ran a national anti-tobacco campaign during 2011 and 2012

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Comoros

No

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Comoros

N/A

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Comoros

N/A

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Comoros

N/A

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Comoros

N/A

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Comoros

N/A

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Comoros

N/A

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Comoros

N/A

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Comoros

N/A

Enforce bans on advertising

Number of Bans on Forms of Direct Advertising3 of a possible 7 bans
Number of Bans on Forms of Indirect Advertising2 of a possible 7 bans
Ad Ban Compliance Percent50% self-rated compliance

Raise Taxes

Excise Tax as a % of Cigarette Price

WHO Benchmark

75% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

Comoros

19% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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