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The Gambia

Harm

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of The Gambia. Every year more than 460 of it's people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 12400 children and more than 125000 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 Gambia'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

4.3% of Men

Even though fewer men die on average in The Gambia than other low-income countries, still 6 men are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

2.4% of Women

Even though fewer women die on average in The Gambia than other low-income countries, still 3 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 Gambia. 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

24.9%of Men

More men smoke in The Gambia than on average in low-income countries.

0.8%of Female

Even though fewer women smoke on average in The Gambia than on average in low-income countries, still 4200 women still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

12.7%of Boys

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

8.6%of Girls

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

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

1.1%of Adults

Even though fewer people use smokless tobacco on average in The Gambia than on average in low-income countries, still 10700 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 D8 per person per year The Gambia 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 The Gambia

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare FacilitiesNo
Smokefree UniversitiesNo
Smokefree Government FacilitiesNo
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 SolutionsNone
National QuitlineNo

Warn about the dangers to tobacco users on product packaging

Type of Warning Labels

Australia(best practice)

Graphic

The Gambia

Text

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

83%

The Gambia

30%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

The Gambia

No Data

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

The Gambia

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

The Gambia

No

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

The Gambia

N/A

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

The Gambia

N/A

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

The Gambia

N/A

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

The Gambia

N/A

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

The Gambia

N/A

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

The Gambia

N/A

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

The Gambia

N/A

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

The Gambia

N/A

Enforce bans on advertising

Number of Bans on Forms of Direct Advertising7 of a possible 7 bans
Number of Bans on Forms of Indirect Advertising2 of a possible 7 bans
Ad Ban Compliance Percent40% self-rated compliance

Raise Taxes

Excise Tax as a % of Cigarette Price

WHO Benchmark

75% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

The Gambia

22% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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