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Federated States of Micronesia

Harm

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of the Federated States of Micronesia. Every year more than 70 of it's people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 1800 children and more than 91000 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 Federated States of Micronesia'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

13% of Men

Even though fewer men die on average in the Federated States of Micronesia than other middle-income countries, still 1 men are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

5.6% of Women

Even though fewer women die on average in the Federated States of Micronesia than other middle-income countries, still 0.4 women are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

Tobacco use also...

Harms Development

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 the Federated States of Micronesia. 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

39.4%of Men

More men smoke in the Federated States of Micronesia than on average in middle-income countries.

11.5%of Female

More women smoke in the Federated States of Micronesia than on average in middle-income countries.

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

36.9%of Boys

More boys smoke in the Federated States of Micronesia than on average in middle-income countries.

19.8%of Girls

More girls smoke in the Federated States of Micronesia than on average in middle-income countries.

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

11.4%of Adults

More people use smokeless tobacco in the Federated States of Micronesia than on average in middle-income countries.

Solutions

Current Policy in the Federated States of Micronesia

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare FacilitiesNo
Smokefree UniversitiesNo
Smokefree Government FacilitiesYes
Smokefree Indoor OfficesNo
Smokefree RestaurantsNo
Smokefree Pubs and BarsNo
Smokefree Public TransportNo
All Other Indoor Public Places SmokefreeN/A
Funds for Smokefree EnforcementNo

Offer Help

Quitting SolutionsNRT and/or some cessation services (neither cost-covered)
National QuitlineYes

Warn about the dangers to tobacco users on product packaging

Type of Warning Labels

Australia(best practice)

Graphic

Federated States of Micronesia

None

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

82.5%

Federated States of Micronesia

No Data%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

Federated States of Micronesia

No Data

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

Federated States of Micronesia

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

Federated States of Micronesia

No Data

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Federated States of Micronesia

N/A

Enforce bans on advertising

Number of Bans on Forms of Direct Advertising0 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

Federated States of Micronesia

0% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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