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Gabon

Harm

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Gabon. Every year more than 500 of it's people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 7000 children and more than 112000 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 Gabon'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

4.5% of Men

Even though fewer men die on average in Gabon than other middle-income countries, still 8 men are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

2% of Women

Even though fewer women die on average in Gabon than other middle-income countries, still 2 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, 95% larger than the Gross National Income of Gabon. 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

19.1%of Men

Even though fewer men smoke on average in Gabon than on average in middle-income countries, still 98200 men still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

2.9%of Female

Even though fewer women smoke on average in Gabon than on average in middle-income countries, still 14700 women still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

5.6%of Boys

Even though fewer boys smoke on average in Gabon than on average in middle-income countries, still 4800 boys still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

3.3%of Girls

More girls smoke in Gabon than on average in middle-income countries.

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

1.2%of Adults

Even though fewer people use smokless tobacco on average in Gabon than on average in middle-income countries, still 12100 people currently use smokeless tobacco, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Solutions

Tobacco control policy is an excellent investment in the health of a country's population. According to the WHO, for less than CFA 400 per person per year Gabon will be able to pay for the four 'best buys' in tobacco control policy, raising tobacco excise taxes, enforcing a comprehensive national smoke-free law and a ban on tobacco advertising and promotion, and mandating large graphic warning labels appear on tobacco product packaging. This small investment will reap enormous dividends in health and prosperity.

Current Policy in Gabon

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare FacilitiesYes
Smokefree UniversitiesYes
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 EnforcementYes

Offer Help

Quitting SolutionsNRT (Nicotine replacement therapy) and/or some cessation services (neither cost-covered)
National QuitlineNo

Warn about the dangers to tobacco users on product packaging

Type of Warning Labels

Australia(best practice)

Graphic

Gabon

Text

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

83%

Gabon

62.5%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

Gabon

No Data

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

Gabon

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

Gabon

No

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Gabon

N/A

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Gabon

N/A

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Gabon

N/A

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Gabon

N/A

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Gabon

N/A

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Gabon

N/A

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Gabon

N/A

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Gabon

N/A

Enforce bans on advertising

Number of Bans on Forms of Direct Advertising6 of a possible 7 bans
Number of Bans on Forms of Indirect Advertising2 of a possible 7 bans
Ad Ban Compliance Percent85% self-rated compliance

Raise Taxes

Excise Tax as a % of Cigarette Price

WHO Benchmark

75% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

Gabon

20% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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