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Lesotho

Harm

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Lesotho. Every year more than 1700 of it's people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 12000 children and more than 236000 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 Lesotho'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

7.5% of Men

Even though fewer men die on average in Lesotho than other middle-income countries, still 27 men are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

2.1% of Women

Even though fewer women die on average in Lesotho than other middle-income countries, still 7 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, 99% larger than the Gross National Income of Lesotho. 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

35.6%of Men

More men smoke in Lesotho than on average in middle-income countries.

1%of Female

Even though fewer women smoke on average in Lesotho than on average in middle-income countries, still 6700 women still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

11.8%of Boys

More boys smoke in Lesotho than on average in middle-income countries.

7.5%of Girls

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

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

5.4%of Adults

Even though fewer people use smokless tobacco on average in Lesotho than on average in middle-income countries, still 69500 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 E3 per person per year Lesotho 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 Lesotho

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare FacilitiesYes
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 SolutionsNRT and/or some cessation services (at least one of which is cost-covered)
National QuitlineNo

Warn about the dangers to tobacco users on product packaging

Type of Warning Labels

Australia(best practice)

Graphic

Lesotho

None

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

82.5%

Lesotho

No Data%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

Lesotho

No Data

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

Lesotho

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

Lesotho

No Data

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Lesotho

N/A

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Lesotho

N/A

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Lesotho

N/A

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Lesotho

N/A

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Lesotho

N/A

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Lesotho

N/A

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Lesotho

N/A

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Lesotho

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

Lesotho

0% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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