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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Harm

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Every year more than 10370 of it's people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 324000 children and more than 3078000 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo's 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

1.9% of Men

Even though fewer men die on average in the Democratic Republic of the Congo than other low-income countries, still 151 men are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

0.8% of Women

Even though fewer women die on average in the Democratic Republic of the Congo than other low-income countries, still 48 women are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

Tobacco use also...

Harms Development

Buying tobacco robs families of the resources they need to rise out of poverty. A smoker in the Democratic Republic of the Congo would have to spend 11.2% 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, 91% larger than the Gross National Income of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 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

15.3%of Men

Even though fewer men smoke on average in the Democratic Republic of the Congo than on average in low-income countries, still 2806000 men still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

1.3%of Female

Even though fewer women smoke on average in the Democratic Republic of the Congo than on average in low-income countries, still 272800 women still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

11.5%of Boys

More boys smoke in the Democratic Republic of the Congo than on average in low-income countries.

3.7%of Girls

More girls smoke in the Democratic Republic of the Congo than on average in low-income countries.

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

9.1%of Adults

Even though fewer people use smokless tobacco on average in the Democratic Republic of the Congo than on average in low-income countries, still 3281900 people currently use smokeless tobacco, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Solutions

Current Policy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare FacilitiesYes
Smokefree UniversitiesYes
Smokefree Government FacilitiesNo
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

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Text

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

82.5%

Democratic Republic of the Congo

30%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

Democratic Republic of the Congo

No Data

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo

No Data

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Democratic Republic of the Congo

N/A

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Democratic Republic of the Congo

N/A

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Democratic Republic of the Congo

N/A

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Democratic Republic of the Congo

N/A

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Democratic Republic of the Congo

N/A

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Democratic Republic of the Congo

N/A

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Democratic Republic of the Congo

N/A

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Democratic Republic of the Congo

N/A

Enforce bans on advertising

Number of Bans on Forms of Direct Advertising4 of a possible 7 bans
Number of Bans on Forms of Indirect Advertising0 of a possible 7 bans
Ad Ban Compliance Percent0% self-rated compliance

Raise Taxes

Excise Tax as a % of Cigarette Price

WHO Benchmark

75% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

Democratic Republic of the Congo

23.1% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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