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Mauritius

Harm

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Mauritius. Every year more than 1000 of it's people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 7000 children and more than 180000 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 Mauritius' 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

16.3% of Men

More men die in Mauritius than on average in middle-income countries.

4.4% of Women

Even though fewer women die on average in Mauritius than other middle-income countries, still 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, 96% larger than the Gross National Income of Mauritius. 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

34%of Men

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

2.8%of Female

Even though fewer women smoke on average in Mauritius than on average in middle-income countries, still 14100 women still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

23.3%of Boys

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

9.4%of Girls

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

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

n/a%of Adults

Because we do not know the prevalence of smokeless tobacco use in Mauritius, future surveillance efforts must measure smokeless tobacco use prevalence in the population to help inform future tobacco control efforts.

Solutions

Current Policy in Mauritius

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare FacilitiesYes
Smokefree UniversitiesYes
Smokefree Government FacilitiesYes
Smokefree Indoor OfficesNo
Smokefree RestaurantsYes
Smokefree Pubs and BarsYes
Smokefree Public TransportYes
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

Mauritius

Graphic

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

82.5%

Mauritius

65%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

Mauritius

1

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

Mauritius

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

Mauritius

No Data

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Mauritius

Yes

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Mauritius

No

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Mauritius

Yes

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Mauritius

Yes

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Mauritius

Yes

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Mauritius

Yes

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Mauritius

Yes

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Mauritius

Yes

Enforce bans on advertising

Number of Bans on Forms of Direct Advertising8 of a possible 7 bans
Number of Bans on Forms of Indirect Advertising5 of a possible 7 bans
Ad Ban Compliance PercentHigh% self-rated compliance

Raise Taxes

Excise Tax as a % of Cigarette Price

WHO Benchmark

75% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

Mauritius

57.18% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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